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Venezuela death toll hits 29, protesters battle security forces
Venezuela death toll hits 29, protesters battle security forces
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  • 2017-04-26 20:47:17Z

By Andrew Cawthorne and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces fired scores of tear gas volleys and turned water cannons on rock-throwing protesters on a bridge in Caracas on Wednesday as the death toll from this month's anti-government unrest hit at least 29. The wave of

Britain's May tells EU's Juncker she wants 'deep and special partnership'
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  • 2017-04-26 20:45:14Z

Britain is committed "to achieving a deep and special partnership with the European Union", British Prime Minister Theresa May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, her spokesperson said. "The PM had a constructive meeting this evening with President Juncker

Attack on Afghan base a reminder: Taliban pose the greater threat
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  • 2017-04-26 20:41:48Z

Disguised perfectly as Afghan soldiers, the 10 attackers launched the Taliban's spring offensive in spectacular fashion, rolling undetected into one of the most secure army bases in northern Afghanistan, and killing some 170 recruits as they left Friday prayers. The Taliban attack at Mazar-e Sharif'

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EU's Juncker, Britain's May discuss Brexit ahead of EU summit
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  • 2017-04-26 20:32:58Z

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Theresa May had a constructive discussion in London about the Brexit process on Wednesday ahead of an EU summit on April 29, a Commission spokesperson said. May hosted Juncker and chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier for dinner

Berkeley paradox: Birthplace of free speech now offended by it
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  • 2017-04-26 20:27:32Z

What started as a debate over conservative pundit Ann Coulter's scheduled talk at the University of California, Berkeley, has become a nationwide showdown over freedom of expression, with a lawsuit filed and riots in the offing. "We don't accept the right of immigrant-basher bigots to come to Berkeley and help propel Trump's deportation machine to make it more hostile for human beings who are here," says Hoku Jeffrey, a Berkeley graduate and representative of By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a left-wing group that participated in previous protests that grew violent. In protesting her presence, groups like BAMN are wielding the right to assembly.

What's left out of Trump tax plan? The 'D' word
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  • 2017-04-26 19:05:00Z

Mr. Trump's election campaign included both pitches for tax cuts and pledges to tame federal debt. It's not yet a detailed plan, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin set goals and principles Wednesday that include slashing corporate tax rates from 35 percent of profits to 15 percent, and cutting individual taxes as well.

New US office seeks to aid victims of crimes by immigrants
New US office seeks to aid victims of crimes by immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration on Wednesday opened an office dedicated to helping victims of crimes committed by immigrants - an initiative criticized as misguided because studies have shown immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born citizens.

Airbus says Austria probing its chief over Eurofighter deal
Airbus says Austria probing its chief over Eurofighter deal
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  • 2017-04-26 17:59:14Z

Austrian prosecutors are investigating Airbus chief Tom Enders as part of a fraud and corruption probe into a 2003 Eurofighter deal, the aircraft maker said Wednesday. "The Vienna prosecutor informed us this afternoon for the first time that all individuals on an Austrian financial crimes unit

A middle way forward for a divided France? Macron voters hope so.
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  • 2017-04-26 17:57:26Z

France has a well-earned reputation for being quick to protest over everything from labor laws to Uber to increasing the age of retirement. The pair are convinced that Mr. Macron, who will face Marine Le Pen in France's May 7 presidential runoff, and his "En Marche" movement will shine a light on a

Russia, ahead of planned protest, bans Kremlin critic
Russia, ahead of planned protest, bans Kremlin critic's foundation
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  • 2017-04-26 17:38:25Z

By Polina Devitt and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it had banned a pro-democracy movement founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky which has called for big anti-government protests on Saturday ahead of a presidential election next year. In a statement, the General

To fight domestic violence among Syrian refugees, an outreach to men
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  • 2017-04-26 17:18:00Z

Aaref fled to Lebanon from Syria five years ago to escape the war raging in his homeland. Life as a refugee in Lebanon is grueling. The stress soon led to conflicts between Aaref and his wife, of the type they hadn't experienced since they were young newlyweds learning to navigate life together.

Turkish warplanes kill six Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army
Turkish warplanes kill six Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army
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  • 2017-04-26 16:32:22Z

Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday and killed six militants, the military said, in a second day of cross-border raids. A military statement said the air strikes targeted the Zap region, the Turkish name for a river which flows across the Turkish-Iraqi border

France says has proof Syria regime launched
France says has proof Syria regime launched 'chemical attack'

French intelligence services have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack that killed 88 people, France's foreign minister said Wednesday. Jean-Marc Ayrault said analysis of samples taken at the scene of the April 4 attack in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun, in which 31 children were among the dead, showed "there is no doubt that sarin gas was used" and that it was produced by Syrian laboratories. "There is no doubt about the responsibility of the Syrian regime given the way that the sarin used was produced," Ayrault told journalists after the report was presented at a meeting of French defence chiefs.

Boyle Heights woman, cleared of drug bust involvement, faces deportation
Boyle Heights woman, cleared of drug bust involvement, faces deportation

A woman is facing deportation following a Boyle Heights drug bust that sheriff's deputies said she had no involvement in.

AP Photos: Chernobyl
AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors

PRIPYAT, Ukraine (AP) - A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns.

Italy
Italy's 5-Star builds policies and poll lead as rivals struggle
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  • 2017-04-26 15:01:34Z

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, already Italy's most popular party, is stealing a march on its divided rivals by drawing up its policy program a year ahead of elections. With the ruling center-left Democratic Party embroiled in a bruising leadership battle

China urges end to US-S.Korea military exercises
China urges end to US-S.Korea military exercises
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  • 2017-04-26 15:00:54Z

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged an end to US-South Korean military manoeuvres Wednesday as well as a stop to North Korea's nuclear programme to calm tensions on the peninsula. "Security and stability are very fragile at the moment and the danger is great of a new conflict breaking

Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor
Islamic State developing new weapons despite losses: arms monitor
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  • 2017-04-26 14:33:59Z

Islamic State militants have developed an improvised explosive device (IED) that can be launched from rifles or dropped from an aerial drone, an arms monitoring group said on Wednesday. Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Sunni militant group was "promoting the development of 'own-brand

French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack
French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack
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  • 2017-04-26 14:22:25Z

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - French intelligence has concluded that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria and that Assad or members of his inner circle ordered the strike, a declassified report showed. The chemical weapons

French presidential foes take spin battle to tumble-drier factory
French presidential foes take spin battle to tumble-drier factory
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  • 2017-04-26 14:16:51Z

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen sought to steal presidential rival Emmanuel Macron's thunder on Wednesday with a surprise visit to striking workers in northern France, aiming to wrong-foot him while he was campaigning in the same town. Visiting the site of a strike at the tumble-drier Whirlpool factory

Finance chief quits drugmaker Teva, leaving another gap at top

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries' finance chief Eyal Desheh will step down in the next few months after nearly a decade in the job, the second top official to resign from the Israel-based company this year. Israeli media reported on Tuesday that Desheh is likely to be appointed as chairman of Isracard, the credit card unit of Bank Hapoalim, the country's largest bank, which said there were a number of candidates. Teva said it would immediately start a search for a new CFO, but that Desheh will take part in the company's first-quarter earnings call on May 11.

OnePlus 5 May Have Galaxy S8's Biggest Missing Feature
OnePlus 5 May Have Galaxy S8's Biggest Missing Feature

OnePlus is preparing to launch the OnePlus 5, its latest smartphone with flagship specs for less-than-flagship prices. A new report says that the OnePlus 5 will pack dual rear cameras, a feature we wish Samsung had managed to squeeze onto the Galaxy S8. The dual cameras were made popular by the iPhone 7 Plus (though it was not the first: other phones with two cameras include the LG Optimus 3D in 2011 and HTC One M8 in 2014) but they were noticeably absent on the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces
Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them. Speaking at a security conference in Moscow, Shoigu restated Russia's view that the strike -- which Washington conducted in response to what it said was a deadly chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces -- was "a crude violation of international law." U.S. officials said at the time that they had informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes.

Amazon
Amazon's $96 sound bar is so good it doesn't need a separate subwoofer

It used to be that if you wanted to add decent sound to your TV, you need to spend upwards of $1,000 on a surround sound system. The the home audio market got much more competitive, and prices began to fall. Things really took a turn when companies began launching sound bars, which cost less to make and didn't require users to run cables all over their homes. Fast-forward to today, and you can get a solid sound bar with a wireless subwoofer for between $200 and $300. And then there's the AmazonBasics 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofer, a 4-star rated home audio solution that costs less than $100. The nifty design builds the sub right into the sound bar itself,...

Why are far-right speakers flocking to liberal Berkeley?
Why are far-right speakers flocking to liberal Berkeley?

A man is sprayed with a chemical irritant as multiple fights break out between Trump supporters and anti-Trump protesters in Berkeley, California, on 15 April. The college town so deeply liberal that it is referred to as "the People's Republic of Berkeley" is now a favored destination for the far right, resulting in a number of violent encounters on the city's streets and the University of California's flagship campus. A new confrontation is expected on Thursday, when rightwing commentator Ann Coulter plans to speak on the UC Berkeley campus in defiance of the administration's request that she hold her event a week later at a secure location.

Merkel spokesman backs German FM in spat over Israel visit
Merkel spokesman backs German FM in spat over Israel visit
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  • 2017-04-26 11:57:23Z

BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has backed the country's foreign minister in a spat over his meeting with a rights group in Israel, saying it must be possible to meet critical organizations in a democracy.

Sarkozy camp eyes power-sharing role under France
Sarkozy camp eyes power-sharing role under France's Macron
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  • 2017-04-26 11:35:10Z

France's center-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said on Wednesday it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7. Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, is tipped to comfortably win a runoff vote against far-right

Extravagant Travel Expenses Of 5 US Presidents
Extravagant Travel Expenses Of 5 US Presidents

President Donald trump and his predecessors have spent extravagant amounts of taxpayer's money to fund their travels. However, the exact amount of the travel expenditure of a president is not made public.

US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf
US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries.

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks
EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks
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  • 2017-04-26 10:56:34Z

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should formally suspend Turkey's long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a leading member of the EU parliament responsible for dealings with Ankara said on Wednesday. Kati

Exclusive: China seeks to cement globalization credentials at Silk Road summit
Exclusive: China seeks to cement globalization credentials at Silk Road summit
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  • 2017-04-26 10:49:18Z

By John Ruwitch and Ben Blanchard SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China says its Silk Road initiative is helping create "a new era of globalization" open to all, according to a draft communique for a summit next month on the project, as Beijing burnishes its free trade credentials amid protectionist

These airlines, hotels and websites received the highest  customer approval ratings
These airlines, hotels and websites received the highest customer approval ratings

JetBlue, Priceline and Hilton are the most loved travel brands according to a new customer satisfaction report. 

UK tax agency arrests 'several men' in soccer fraud case
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  • 2017-04-26 09:00:19Z

LONDON (AP) - Britain's tax authority says "several men" working in professional soccer have been arrested on suspicion of tax fraud.

The Latest: Chemical weapons watchdog marks anniversary
The Latest: Chemical weapons watchdog marks anniversary
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  • 2017-04-26 08:58:44Z

MOSCOW (AP) - The Latest on Syria (all times local):

UK not seeking divide and rule approach in Brexit talks
UK not seeking divide and rule approach in Brexit talks
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  • 2017-04-26 08:49:03Z

Britain will not seek to take a divide and rule approach with the other 27 member states of the European Union in upcoming Brexit negotiations, Brexit minister David Davis said on Wednesday. "We want the European Union to be united," Davis told a conference in London. "We must avoid

France says samples from April 4 Syria chemical attack prove government used sarin: minister
France says samples from April 4 Syria chemical attack prove government used sarin: minister

Samples obtained by French intelligence show that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "undoubtedly" used sarin nerve gas in an April 4 attack in northern Syria, France's foreign minister said on Wednesday, citing a declassified report. The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed scores of people and prompted the United States to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in response, its first direct assault on the Assad government in the conflict.

Turkey detains 800 people over suspected links to U.S.-based cleric
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  • 2017-04-26 06:56:15Z

Turkish authorities detained 800 people overnight suspected of links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, security sources said on Wednesday, in one of the largest operations in months against the network which Turkey blames for a failed July coup. Detention orders had been issued for 1,000 people,

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media
China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Beijing has embarked on an extensive project to build a "blue water" navy and modernise its two million-strong military, the world's largest.

Top Asian News 6:01 a.m. GMT
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  • 2017-04-26 06:01:13Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude

Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami
Japan minister resigns over remark about 2011 tsunami
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  • 2017-04-26 06:00:29Z

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo.

ASEAN statement to go easy on Beijing over South China Sea dispute
ASEAN statement to go easy on Beijing over South China Sea dispute
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  • 2017-04-26 04:54:37Z

By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations would adopt a softer than usual tone about South China Sea disputes at a leaders' summit on Saturday in Manila, and exclude references to militarization or island-building, according to a draft of the chairman's statement. Although

AT&T revenue misses estimates as customers keep phones longer
AT&T revenue misses estimates as customers keep phones longer

AT&T Inc's quarterly revenue missed estimates due to lower equipment sales as customers held onto phones longer and rival wireless carriers offered new promotions on unlimited data plans, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier said on Tuesday. It said it lost 191,000 postpaid subscribers, who pay bills monthly, in the United States on a net basis in the first quarter ended March 31. AT&T and industry leader Verizon Communications Inc are battling Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc for market share in a mature U.S. wireless market where most U.S. consumers already have cellphones.

Traces of death at Afghan base attacked by Taliban
Traces of death at Afghan base attacked by Taliban

Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) - The green mosque in the Afghan military compound attacked by Taliban militants is scarred -- disfigured by bullet holes, blast marks and with blood splattered across the ceiling -- telltale signs of the deaths of at least 144 young Afghan recruits. Images filmed by an AFP journalist reveal some of the horror of one of the deadliest attacks ever perpetrated in Afghanistan. The images and testimony collected there have helped piece together the unbridled brutality that ripped through the base, home to the 209th Army Corps, about 15 kilometres (10 miles) from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Pope urges powerful to act humbly in surprise TED talk appearance
Pope urges powerful to act humbly in surprise TED talk appearance

Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at a TED talk conference on Tuesday, urging powerful leaders "to act humbly" and said he hoped technological innovation would not leave people behind. The 18-minute video was filmed in Vatican City and broadcast to the audience at the annual TED 2017 conference in Vancouver. "If you don't, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other." The comments echoed Francis' frequent themes to not ignore the plight of immigrants, the poor and other vulnerable people Speaking in Italian with subtitles, Francis urged solidarity to overcome a "culture of waste" that had affected not only food but people cast aside by economic systems that rely...

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media
China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media
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  • 2017-04-26 03:04:09Z

China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. China's defence ministry has previously said the new carrier would displace 50,000 tonnes

Baseball Capsules
Baseball Capsules
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  • 2017-04-26 02:49:38Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kyle Hendricks rediscovered his 2016 form, limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to four hits over six innings to outduel Gerrit Cole and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier
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  • 2017-04-26 02:09:47Z

China on Wednesday launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought second-hand from the Ukraine, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea. State media said the carrier, designed in China

N. Korea hails
N. Korea hails 'largest ever' firing drill

North Korea on Wednesday hailed its largest-ever firing drill, overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un to mark a key military anniversary amid high tensions in the region. Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark the 85 years since the founding of its army on Tuesday. Instead, the North's state-run KCNA news agency said the Korean People's Army marked the anniversary with a "successful largest-ever artillery drill" under the orders of Supreme Commander Kim in the eastern port city of Wonsan.

Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new march
Defying crackdown, Venezuelans stage new march

Venezuelan protesters planned a new march Wednesday against President Nicolas Maduro, defying his government despite the deaths of more than 25 people in an increasingly violent political crisis. Twenty-six people have died so far this month in violence around the protests, including four minors, according to Attorney General Luisa Ortega. Maduro put the figure at 29 deaths in a speech Tuesday evening, without giving details.

Celebrity
Celebrity's giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight

United Airlines was under fire again Wednesday after a huge rabbit named Simon died while hopping over from London to Chicago, where he was due to be picked up by a celebrity buyer. The valuable 90-centimetre (three-foot) long continental giant rabbit had previously been described as "fit as a fiddle", and his death in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 comes as a mystery. "Something very strange has happened and I want to know what," breeder Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire in central England, told British newspaper The Sun.

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