• Taiwan bans dog and cat meat from table as attitudes change
Taiwan bans dog and cat meat from table as attitudes change

The series of amendments raises a hosts of issues around animal welfare and reveals changing attitudes in Taiwan, where dogs are now widely seen as pets. The amendments were made to Taiwan's existing animal protection law , which was the first of its kind in Asia. It is understood that Wang proposed the amendments following the wave of shocking ...

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  • 5 children hurt as bounce house goes airborne in SC
5 children hurt as bounce house goes airborne in SC

The weather was relatively calm on Saturday afternoon when a SC church was holding its annual spring carnival that usually features inflatables, games and food. The power lines weren't live when they went down, he added. They were able to respond before fire crews arrived, Reed said. An unexpected wind gust, out of our control, lifted an inflatab...

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  • Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
Fierce clashes rock Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

According to the BBC, the confrontation began on Friday when the joint security forces of Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp were attacked by radical Islamists. Salah al-Ali, a resident of the camp, said there was damage from shelling inside the camp. The factions agreed to dismantle the so-called Bilal Badr group, whose members have been accused of shel...

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  • Uganda arrests academic Stella Nyanzi for criticising president's wife
Uganda arrests academic Stella Nyanzi for criticising president's wife

On her Twitter handle, she refers to herself as a " queer laughist and writer ". "The manner of Nyanzi's arrest on Friday was more about intimidation than law enforcement", she added. and should not criticise the people responsible for abusing the rights of Ugandans and resources of Uganda through thirty-one years of increasing despotic family ru...

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  • Sessions directs felony charges against repeat illegal immigrants
Sessions directs felony charges against repeat illegal immigrants

The attorney general outlined his new directives for federal prosecutors to prioritize litigation against undocumented immigrants who enter and live in the US and those who aid them. Sessions met with law enforcement, members of the military and border agents in Nogales, Ariz., urging their confidence in the administration as they push to implement...

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  • 'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade
'Only time will tell' on improving US-China trade

President Donald Trump entered a second day of talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday hoping to strike deals on trade and jobs after an overnight show of strength in Syria. Many blue-collar workers helped propel him to his unexpected election victory on November 8 and Trump is under pressure to deliver for them. Calling the dep...

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  • South Korean supporters of arrested ex-president to protest
South Korean supporters of arrested ex-president to protest

Park's arrest followed a lengthy court hearing in Seoul , the country's capital, at which the judge decided there was enough evidence to warrant the arrest. Park, 65, has denied the accusations against her. Choi is accused of using her presidential connections to pressure companies to give millions of dollars in donations to non-profit foundatio...

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  • Kim Jong Nam: Corpse arrives in Pyongyang
Kim Jong Nam: Corpse arrives in Pyongyang

South Korea has blamed Pyongyang for the Cold War-style killing, citing what they say was a standing order from North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un to murder his exiled and estranged half-brother. Malaysia's investigation enraged North Korea, which denied any role in the killing and denounced the investigation as flawed and politically motivated.

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  • Trump Puts China In A Bind With Strikes During President's Visit
Trump Puts China In A Bind With Strikes During President's Visit

The National Security Council has presented U.S. President Donald Trump with options on how to respond North Korea's advancing nuclear program. They also pledged to make progress on trade negotiations in the next 100 days, an indication that economic issues will figure prominently in the Trump administration's ties with China, which are burdened ...

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  • Trump, Xi showdown fails to materialize at Mar-a-Lago
Trump, Xi showdown fails to materialize at Mar-a-Lago

North Korea, for its part, test-fired a ballistic missile ahead of the Trump-Xi meeting. The brief, two-day summit will conclude with a working lunch on April 8, but the meeting may have a lasting impact on worldwide politics for some time to come.

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  • Police and public join forces to remember London victims
Police and public join forces to remember London victims

Adjourning the inquest for police to carry out their investigations, Dr Wilcox told the family members in the court: "I wish you all well". The police officer killed in the Westminster terror attack died after being stabbed in the chest, despite wearing body armour.

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  • Out with the old? Outsider candidates rock French election
Out with the old? Outsider candidates rock French election

Republican Francois Fillon is trailing in third since an earlier Canard story in January triggered a criminal probe into his finances. Ms Le Pen, leader of the National Front (FN) party, promised to restore control of France's borders and scrap the euro, or else hold a referendum on European Union membership.

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  • 5 bodies recovered from British Columbia snow slide
5 bodies recovered from British Columbia snow slide

All five hikers were from Vancouver's Korean community and were members of two local Korean hiking clubs, the South China Morning Post reported. Colwell said blowing winds and snowdrifts can create very "dangerous" and "deceptive" ledges and cornices of unsupported packed snow on the mountain.

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  • U.S. officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack
U.S. officials say Russian inaction enabled Syria chemical attack

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called al-Assad to reaffirm his support for the Syrian leader in the wake of the USA strike, Rouhani's office said April 9. It was also unclear on Saturday morning where the strikes had been launched from. That trip, too, is fraught with tension over Syria: Tillerson has blamed Russia, Assad's strongest ally, of eit...

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  • Ski industry sees another big consolidation with Aspen deal
Ski industry sees another big consolidation with Aspen deal

The acquisition of Intrawest is the latest move in the competition between Aspen and its big rival, Vail Resorts. According to a media release, Stratton Mountain has been acquired by the Aspen Skiing Company and KLS Partners. To make the deal, Aspen partnered with KSL Capital Partners to form a new entity. Inc., said the American ski chains are...

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  • Aspen Skiing Co, KSL Capital to buy Intrawest for about $1.5 bln
Aspen Skiing Co, KSL Capital to buy Intrawest for about $1.5 bln

About Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. In February, Vail Resorts, of Colorado, announced a $50 million deal to acquire another Vermont ski area, Stowe Mountain Resort from insurance giant American International Group. The heli-skiing operation that was sold is the world's largest operator of helicopter ski trips that put skiers atop mountains so...

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  • New UN peace messenger Malala will promote girls' education
New UN peace messenger Malala will promote girls' education

Accepting the accolade, Nobel Laureate Yousafzai spoke on the importance of education in her home country of Pakistan and around the world, saying that "education is a right of every child and especially for girls" and that the "right should not be neglected".

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  • Bernie Sanders Blasts Trump's Airstrike In Syria
Bernie Sanders Blasts Trump's Airstrike In Syria

Neither Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) nor Sen. Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders say the US must be wary of using military force in Syria. But, he added, "I would not vote for us getting involved militarily in another war in the Middle East". "I directed this action in order to degrade the Syrian military's ability to conduct furth...

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  • Death toll from Egypt church bombing rises to 21
Death toll from Egypt church bombing rises to 21

Coptic Christians make up about 10 per cent of Egypt's population of 85 million. Reports coming in from Egypt indicate that at least 27 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in two blasts that occurred in Egyptian churches.

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  • Trump, Xi meet again - in shadow of missile strikes on Syria
Trump, Xi meet again - in shadow of missile strikes on Syria

Chinese President Xi Jinping advocated for trade and investment cooperation between the USA and China during his visit with President Trump, Reuters reports. On Friday, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that China opposed the use of chemical weapons by any party under any circumstances but didn't comment on the USA attack.

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  • Airbnb Host Banned as She Dumped a Guest for Being an Asian
Airbnb Host Banned as She Dumped a Guest for Being an Asian

On Feb. 17, the group of four set out up the mountain. An intense winter storm was then hitting the area, making road conditions hazardous. According to Suh, that's when the host denied agreeing to guests at her cabin. The stranded Dyne Suh is a law student in Riverside and she and her finance were hoping to have a weekend ski trip in Running S...

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  • Pakistan has to shun terror for friendship: PM Narendra Modi
Pakistan has to shun terror for friendship: PM Narendra Modi

The two Prime Ministers, according to the joint statement "also directed concerned officials to meanwhile conclude discussions on various aspects relating to sharing of waters of the Feni, Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers".

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  • Mass debate over plan for £80 fine for masturbation edges closer
Mass debate over plan for £80 fine for masturbation edges closer

We've previously reported on the incredible HB 4260 Bill, referred to as the " Man's Right to Know Act ", which, in an effort to raise awareness of the unfair legal burdens placed on women's reproductive health, proposes several new measures to equalize the double standard.

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  • A slice for the stranded: Delta buys pizza for passengers
A slice for the stranded: Delta buys pizza for passengers

Mid-week storms that have been described as unprecedented in Atlanta have caused as many as 3,000 Delta cancellations. Delta says it is still getting planes and crews back in position for flights. McKnight, a furniture designer who was returning from a business trip to Louisville when her connecting flight was cancelled, spent the night i...

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  • Dead, 2 Wounded in Shooting at Upscale Florida Mall
Dead, 2 Wounded in Shooting at Upscale Florida Mall

He said no one was being sought in connection with the shooting. A shooting at the Equinox gym inside the shopping center on April 8, 2017 . "I heard from my trainer that it was a trainer that had been let go", he said. By 1:40 pm, police reported the area was safe and secured. Before police came by and ordered the restaurant to be locked down...

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  • South Africa's new finance minister notes 'mutual suspicion'
South Africa's new finance minister notes 'mutual suspicion'

Gordhan a year ago faced fraud charges that were criticised as a move to oust him by Zuma's associates. The ANC, which came to power in South Africa's first free elections in 1994, now faces one of its biggest tests since leading the struggle against the apartheid regime.

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  • Korea fires ballistic missile into eastern waters
Korea fires ballistic missile into eastern waters

The new missile could cover all of North Korea even when fired from a southern region of the country, it said . North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls USA hostility. The statement denounced the North's missile launch, which took place on Tuesday Korean time, as a grave violation of U.N. Security C...

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  • Scotland's minister, a Trump critic, says she would meet him
Scotland's minister, a Trump critic, says she would meet him

Mr Trump has often celebrated his Scottish ancestry, as his mother came from the Western Isles. However, one fly in the ointment will be the fact that back in 2015, Sturgeon made a decision to revoke his honorary status as a business ambassador for Scotland , as she took offence at his at the time suggested ban on Muslims entering the United Sta...

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  • Russian Foreign Ministry poked fun at hacker scandal
Russian Foreign Ministry poked fun at hacker scandal

On Saturday it published what it said was a new automated answering message for the switchboards of Russian embassies around the world. A ministry officer confirmed to The Associated Press that the message was an official joke. On social media, most reacted to the Foreign Ministry's proposed prank with LOLs. The Justice Department cites fuzzy a...

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  • Amazon Cash lets you shop without bank card
Amazon Cash lets you shop without bank card

On Monday, the internet retailer launched Amazon Cash , a new service that allows customers to add hard-earned dollars to their account at participating brick-and-mortar retailers. In addition to Amazon Cash, last year, the company allowed people to pay for its Prime membership on a monthly basis, rather than only annually, and also started a pi...

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  • Duterte fires Cabinet member over alleged wrongdoing
Duterte fires Cabinet member over alleged wrongdoing

Mr Sueno said he was being badmouthed by three junior ministers in the Department of the Interior and Local Government. I share with President Duterte the same belief and commitment Sueno said at the flag-raising ceremony Monday. He did not answer text messages. But MindaNews sources said Sueno was in the meeting when Duterte announced his decisi...

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  • Trump says Rice may have committed crime with unmasking requests
Trump says Rice may have committed crime with unmasking requests

Maybe they were discussing the high price of kohlrabi, maybe not. They have nothing to do, apparently, with national security. Unmasking the name of someone picked up incidentally in surveillance is not illegal. (And, perhaps, his Magic 8-Ball.) If there's nothing to see here, why the constant shifting of public attention from the grizzly bear to t...

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  • Former Trump campaign adviser: Info given to Russian spies 'immaterial'
Former Trump campaign adviser: Info given to Russian spies 'immaterial'

In federal court records filed in 2015, investigators asserted that Podobny was an SVR officer posing as an attaché at the Russian mission to the United Nations, and that he tried to recruit a person named "Male 1" as an agent . He has since advocated for warmer ties between the USA and Russian Federation. Page told the Federal Bureau of Inves...

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  • Luis' goal helps cement Atletico Madrid in third place
Luis' goal helps cement Atletico Madrid in third place

Atletico were in control from the start and the Brazil global found the net from close range in the 28th minute after a quick exchange of passes with Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres. Angel Correa should have finished La Real off late on when he fired wide from just inside the area, but it mattered little as Atletico held on. Giving inexpres...

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  • Shadab, Shahzad in for West Indies Tests
Shadab, Shahzad in for West Indies Tests

Earlier in the day, former Pakistan legspinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who is now serving as Pakistan National Cricket Academy's head coach, said that Shadab Khan should be included in the national Test squad, and play alongside Yasir Shah. “You might say Saturday is a good performance, but only one man performed so therefore you are talking about one man p...

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  • Cillizza: Trump just keeps creating smokescreens to mask his Russian Federation problem
Cillizza: Trump just keeps creating smokescreens to mask his Russian Federation problem

In a financial disclosure form signed by Flynn on March 31, the former White House official listed speaking engagements to Russian entities, including the government-funded Russia Today television network and Volga-Dnepr Airlines. Schiff's indication on CNN's " State of the Union " with Jake Tapper that he might oppose an immunity deal for the fo...

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  • Bilic not to blame for West Ham slump, says Fonte
Bilic not to blame for West Ham slump, says Fonte

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has called on-loan Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere a "great player" as rumours swirl that the East London club will make a move for the 25-year-old in the summer. The 25 year old is now heading towards the final 12 months of his current deal, and the fact that talks are planned - while none have yet taken place wit...

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  • College Student, 20, Dies After Choking at Pancake-Eating Contest on Campus
College Student, 20, Dies After Choking at Pancake-Eating Contest on Campus

A Sacred Heart nursing student performed CPR on Nelson, after she began choking and while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Nelson was in critical but stable condition following the incident, and was transferred to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center on Friday where she later died, AP reported .

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  • Sen. Claire McCaskill to vote no on Neil Gorsuch, cloture
Sen. Claire McCaskill to vote no on Neil Gorsuch, cloture

McCaskill is the first Democrat facing reelection next year in a state President Trump carried by double digits to come out against Gorsuch. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) declared their support Thursday night CNN reported.

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  • Mitch McConnell: Gorsuch filibuster is a 'new low'
Mitch McConnell: Gorsuch filibuster is a 'new low'

Sen. Patrick Leahy joined with most of his fellow Democrats in the Senate Monday and announced he will support a filibuster against President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. As it stands, the court is split with four conservative justices and four liberals. I look forward to casting my vote this week to confirm him to the highest court in our c...

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  • U.S. military aid in limbo as Trump welcomes Egyptian president
U.S. military aid in limbo as Trump welcomes Egyptian president

The first visit by an Egyptian head of state to the White House since 2009 was not Al-Sisi's only meeting with Trump. The Obama administration had declined to invite El-Sisi to the White House, was critical of his human rights record and withheld the transfer of weapons to his military.

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  • Storms force school closings after killing 2 in Louisiana
Storms force school closings after killing 2 in Louisiana

Some of the heaviest rains fell in central Louisiana from Sunday into early Monday . WFMY News 2 Chief Meteorologist Tim Buckley believes the worst of the storm will affect the area between 3 and 7 p.m. "It's likely to be an all-night event". Calmer weather today. We are starting the day off with some dense morning fog, but overall, today will...

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  • Iran-Aseman orders Boeing 737 MAX jets
Iran-Aseman orders Boeing 737 MAX jets

Meanwhile, Aboulafia said, Airbus, Boeing's European rival, has already delivered its first jet to Iran . The agreement relaxed many economic sanctions against Iran in return for the country's verifiable pledges that its nuclear work would be peaceful in nature.

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  • Pink diamond sells for a world record $71.2M
Pink diamond sells for a world record $71.2M

First unveiled to the public in 2003, the Pink Star was called the "Steinmetz Pink", but it was renamed after it was first sold for an undisclosed sum in 2007. They claim that it is the largest, internally flawless pink diamond they have ever graded. Cutting the diamond took almost two years to complete.

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  • Roger Federer, Microsoft's Gates to play doubles for charity
Roger Federer, Microsoft's Gates to play doubles for charity

Like that wasn't enough, Rafael Nadal started his reign in 2005, backed by Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who are a year younger than him, and from 2005 it became virtually impossible to see any player at the age of 29 or more who could crack the big 4 dominance and beat their domination.

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  • Hatch questions Gorsuch about religious freedom in Supreme Court confirmation hearing
Hatch questions Gorsuch about religious freedom in Supreme Court confirmation hearing

The ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District states it is not enough for schools to offer minimal instruction for students with special needs. Senator Blumenthal questions Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Wednesday. Both Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Dick Durbin quizzed Gorsuch on his opinion, with Klobuchar pointing out a couple of ti...

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  • 'Hit Him 25 Times': Sena MP Admits Assaulting Air India Staffer
'Hit Him 25 Times': Sena MP Admits Assaulting Air India Staffer

We do not have powers to ban anyone. "When we talk about probity in public life, or certain kind of restrain, it stems from your leadership, and if you are MP, MLA, corporator, even a Panchayat Samiti member, you should show some kind of restrain to your position and your electorate", she said.

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  • Israel approves first new West Bank settlement in 20 years
Israel approves first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

The only blemish in President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's friendly press conference last month was their disagreement over Israeli settlements . The Israeli construction of communities in the West Bank for Jewish settlers remains a controversial practice; it has been criticized as illegal by the United Nations and by gover...

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  • Leftist Moreno heading to dispute win in Ecuador election
Leftist Moreno heading to dispute win in Ecuador election

Following the release of the first official report asserting Moreno was leading the vote, the loser candidate Lasso said he would impugned the results and demand a recount. The head of the National Electoral Council called on the candidates to recognize the results. "'My first action as acting President will be to sign the FTA, ' he said with...

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  • New report shows what closing Rikers Island means for NYC
New report shows what closing Rikers Island means for NYC

Fully funding low-income New Yorkers would cost $212 million, which the city has balked at paying for. Back in February, the speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, gave a speech titled "More Justice", addressing the issue of criminal justice reforms and the plan to shrink jail population to such a degree that officials would...

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