UBC economist says election result unlikely to shift after absentee ballots counted

13 May, 2017

NDP and B.C. Liberals) With the Liberals now set to take 43 of the 44 seats required for a majority government, a turnaround in Courtenay-Comox would have major consequences. Absentee votes that year favoured the Liberals by 121 votes. This riding did not exist in 2013, so it's impossible to look to the last election for any clues to how likely the Liberals are to hang onto it.

US President Donald Trump expresses desire to improve relations with Russian Federation

11 May, 2017

Dmitry Peskov said Kremlin officials hoped Trump's decision to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director would not affect Russia's relationship with the United States "in any way". Russia, Turkey and Iran last week agreed on a plan for four "de-escalation zones" in the Arab country to quell a civil war that has killed some 400,000 people and contributed to global refugee and terror crises since erupting in 2011.

Russian government releases photos of Oval Office meeting

11 May, 2017

Comey , in his role as FBI director, had been conducting an investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. As NPR's Domenico Montanaro reports , the firing of Comey with more than six years left on his term in office has prompted a flurry of questions about the president's motives - and about what's next.

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Seeks To Join Emmanuel Macron's Revolution

11 May, 2017

The Republicans party, whose candidate Francois Fillon crashed out in the first round of the presidential election after being charged over giving his wife allegedly "fake" jobs on the public payroll, is also aiming to become the majority party in parliament.

South Korea: Liberal Candidate Moon Jae-in Claims Victory In Presidential Election

10 May, 2017

Moon can point to the failure on North Korea of the last decade of hard-line conservative leadership, including Park's truncated rule. Moon, much like his predecessor, has signaled interest in greater engagement with North Korea , but has balanced statements with a willingness to prioritize the bilateral alliance with the United States.

Exercise directors expect a very productive 33rd Balikatan Exercises

10 May, 2017

The changes were instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte who has said he wants to chart a foreign policy less oriented toward Washington while expanding security ties with China and Russian Federation. "That fits well whether it is a conventional force operation or humanitarian disaster relief", according to Stars and Stripes . US personnel involved in Balikatan aren't disappointed about the changes, he said.

Defense Department identifies Navy SEAL killed in Somalia

09 May, 2017

The attackers were "neutralized" and the wounded service members were taken to neighboring Djibouti, said an official. Milliken was a Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL from ME, serving as a member of SEAL Team Six. The government said the death of the al Shabaab leader "strengthens the war on terror - so fighters have a chance to leave al Shabaab". A U.S. soldier has been killed in a special operations mission with Somali forces against al-Shabab.

Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes

08 May, 2017

In yet another tragic episode on the Durand Line, the worldwide border that separates Pakistan from Afghanistan, the Afghan forces - without provocation - started shelling at the Chaman border on Friday. Danish said a woman was killed and 30 other civilians were wounded in the attacks, which forced several local residents to flee their homes. Sediqi further added that only two border police forces lost their lives along with civilians and not what the Pakistani authorities are claiming.

ASEAN Leaders To Express Concern Over South China Sea Activities

08 May, 2017

But Duterte spoke again of the seeming futility of trying to "force" the arbitral ruling on China, a growing military power, and definitely a giant compared to the Philippines' military. Philippine officials say they are adopting a more nuanced hedging strategy, whereby they bid to manage relations with China through a fluid mix of deterrence and engagement.

Syria accuses Israel of bombing outpost near Damascus

07 May, 2017

The state's intelligence minister, Israel Katz, confirmed that such a raid would comply with government policy. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , a UK-based monitoring group, reported that the powerful blast was heard across the capital at dawn on Thursday, April 27 and that it was believed to have happened near the main road that leads to the airport.

Only PM Modi can solve problems in Kashmir, says CM Mehbooba Mufti

07 May, 2017

As for Mehbooba reaching out to the PM, the differences between the BJP and PDP remain despite a high-level meeting between her and Modi in New Delhi last month. Meanwhile, the Congress has also asked for a thorough investigation into the reports of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI funding separatist leaders in Kashmir to spread violence.

Donald Trump vows to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, offers no new policies

07 May, 2017

Speaking after the US President finished his statement, Abbas thanked Trump for his invitation and looked forward with working with the White House. Brushing aside the complexities of a decades-old conflict that has beguiled successive U.S.

Russia to restore Syria air coordination with US

06 May, 2017

Yet, the de-escalation zones agreement was not signed by the Syrian government, nor the opposition. According to the accord, checkpoints will ensure the safe flow of humanitarian aid and provide secure passage for civilians. Observation points will monitor the cease-fire in the region. Russia, Turkey and Iran are to enforce the zones, but Russian general staff official Sergei Rudskoi said that other countries could participate.

Fail: Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Bans Smoking, Discourages Doctors From Participating

06 May, 2017

Perhaps another year or more of study will give the state a marijuana legalization law that improves on the experience as seen in Colorado, Washington state and now MA. And it's clear that license holders are already able to make vast sums of money from exploiting the cartel system. "If you receive these benefits from your employer, you're one of the privileged few", Stevens said.

Death toll among Afghan forces at 807 in Jan-Feb, says report

04 May, 2017

According to USFOR-A, the districts under Afghan government and insurgent control both increased this quarter, while the number of contested districts fell. Ongoing and increasing investigations into United States contractors and military officials have seen three criminal charges, two convictions, one sentencing, and a civil settlement of $40 million in just the past three months, according to the Free Beacon.

Chinese academicians back Pak on CPEC; want India's concerns

04 May, 2017

While presiding over a meeting in Islamabad to review the progress of ongoing projects under CPEC in various sectors including communication, railways, infrastructure, energy, Gwadar Port and Special Industrial Zones (SEZs), the minister directed the federal departments to cooperate with the provincial governments in order to ensure smooth working on the under-construction CPEC projects.

US asked that 1934 Americans' names be 'unmasked' in intel

04 May, 2017

According to a report released Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency (NSA) collected millions of phone records in 2016, despite a 2015 legislation designed by the Congress to limit the agency's ability to get bulk records of telephone calls.

McDonald's rolls out the 'frork,' a utensil made of fries

04 May, 2017

From 5 May, Frorks will be handed out at select McDonald's United States locations with the purchase of a Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich . Not anymore, say the guys at McDonald's , as they debuted the Frork! McDonald's just put them to shame by launching a new range of Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches, and it's not only the sandwiches that deserve a lot of attention, it's what comes with them to scoop up the sauce.

Promises on jobs, affordability continue to dominate BC election campaign

03 May, 2017

Ms. Higgins says she is now laying low. "I grew up playing lacrosse so I can take it", he said of the jabs on social media. Sure enough, the #IamLinda hashtag had become one of the hottest Twitter trends in B.C., and was still registering thousands of online hits this weekend.

U.S. negotiators reach deal on government funding

03 May, 2017

Two of President Donald Trump's top deputies are delivering a combative defense of the budget deal forged to keep the government funded through September. It's unclear, however, how much support the measure will receive from GOP conservatives such as Jordan and how warmly it will be received by the White House.

Militant group: Pakistani ISI using prisoner for propaganda

30 Apr, 2017

He refuted what he called ISI's "childish" acts and "non-serious" claims of Ahsan. He was the public face of the Pakistani Taliban for several years, and claimed a number of high-profile attacks on their behalf, including the near-fatal shooting in 2012 of Malala Yousafzai, a young activist for women's education.

Hamas in Gaza says it won't be cowed by Abbas' threats

29 Apr, 2017

The assertions came at a press conference convened by leading Hamas member Salah al-Bardawil, at which he said the group was prepared to dissolve an "administrative committee" established last month to coordinate between Gaza's public institutions.

Canadian Leader Responds To Lumber Tariffs Imposed By The US

29 Apr, 2017

What's different this time is the "economic nationalism" at the heart of the administration. Freeland, speaking to reporters on a conference call, also said the United States should treat Canada with respect, given that Canada is a major supplier of softwood.

London police arrest 6 in raids, foiling active terrorist plot

29 Apr, 2017

The woman who was shot when armed police raided the house at around 7pm remains in hospital under police guard and has not yet been arrested because of her condition, which is described as serious but stable. "The police were dressed like normal fellas and then all of a sudden they put on balaclavas and they rushed at the woman". He said: "My heart sank because he was a really, really great friend and an fantastic person at school and to be connected with something like this broke my heart".

Prominent firm to defend 'Bachelor' star in Iowa crash case

28 Apr, 2017

It occurred at about 8:30 p.m., when Soules was driven to his family's farm. "OK, and the guy was thrown into the ditch?" While initial reports may have led people to believe Soules fled immediately after hitting the John Deere tractor, TMZ obtained 911 audio of Soules calling the police and attempting to help Mosher before taking off.

Trump picks trade fight with Canada

28 Apr, 2017

In this case, the aim would not be so much to withdraw from NAFTA, which Trump has called a "disaster" for the U.S., but rather to force Mexico and Canada to more fully engage in renegotiating the trade pact. The Trump administration last month submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating NAFTA, disappointing those who were expecting Trump to demand a major overhaul.

India, Poland sign agriculture agreement

28 Apr, 2017

During his visit to the chancellery of the prime minister, a cooperation agreement on agriculture was signed between the Agriculture Minister of Poland Krzysztof Jurgiel and his Indian counterpart. We have seen a strong global confidence in the India story, with a surge in Foreign Direct Investments, which reached over USA $ 50 billion in 2016. We have had talks where mutual cooperation can be enhanced.

OAS to hold emergency meeting Wednesday on Venezuela crisis

27 Apr, 2017

The decision was later reversed amid a storm of global criticism - and from Ortega Diaz herself. But the opposition was further galvanized when authorities banned senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles from politics. Analysts say street protests are now one of the few levers the opposition has for change. Amid another day of nationwide opposition rallies, the worst trouble in Caracas on Wednesday occurred when National Guard troops and police blocked off a highway where several ...

ISIS militants killed by wild boars in Iraq

27 Apr, 2017

The attack took place in the al-Rashad region of Iraq near Kirkuk , with the source adding that "Daesh (Islamic State) militants took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland". Response in the United States to the unusual news was gleeful - likely a reaction to the brutality that ISIS fighters have shown, including beheadings and enforced sexual slavery of their victims.

Nasdaq Composite Tops 6000 for First Time

26 Apr, 2017

Since Trump's electoral victory last November, the Nasdaq has increased 15.7%, more than the Dow with 14.3% and S&P 500 with 11.5%. All five of these companies report earnings over the next week or so, meaning this strong growth may continue if they can meet or beat analyst's expectations for the last quarter.

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