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April 26 2017


Pope faces criticism for seeking to mend ties with Islam in Egypt

Security is a primary concern less than three weeks after 45 people were killed in ISIS-perpetrated attacks on Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday. ......

Philippine Fight Against Muslim Rebels Gains Momentum

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is showing signs of gaining an upper hand in his 10-month fight against a violent, ISIS-sympathetic Muslim rebel group, which rattled the country this month with plans for an attack in a tourist zone far from their base. Duterte has been able to throttle elements of the Abu Sayyaf, a group known for taking foreign tourists hostages and beheading some who cannot pay ransom, analysts say. His alliance with the head of another Muslim rebel group is expected to help contain Abu Sayyaf following failed efforts by past presidents. Duterte showing military strength Abu Sayyaf’s clash this month with troops on the Philippine island of Bohol shows the rebels are...

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

SEOUL, South Korea 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 Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing. North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday, the 85th anniversary of the founding of its million-person strong Korean People's Army. On the same day, a U.S. guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea....

Cassini spacecraft poised to dive beneath Saturn rings

The dives will also be the unmanned spacecraft's swansong as its mission will end in a 'death plunge' in September 2017.

Al Jazeera wins Broadcaster of the Year award at NYF

Other awards handed to Al Jazeera at New York Festivals include five Gold World Medals, 14 silver and seven bronze.

'Al-Qaeda-Related' Group Claims Responsibility For Russian Subway Bombing

A group called the Imam Shamil Battalion has claimed responsibility for a deadly subway bombing in the Russian city of St. Petersburg and said the attacker was acting on orders from Al-Qaeda, a U.S.-based organization that monitors extremists says.

China launches new aircraft carrier amid tensions

China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian. Reuters photo China today launched its first indigenously-built aircraft carrier which will join an existing one bought from Ukraine, boosting its military capabilities amid worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea. The 50,000 tonne new carrier was...

Is a US-North Korea war imminent?

(CNN)US warships and submarines are on the move. North Korea has carried out a massive live-fire drill. Washington and Pyongyang are trading inflammatory rhetoric on a weekly basis. With all of this, it's hard to know if war is actually imminent or if these are the growing pains of US President Donald Trump's new administration figuring out how to deal with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. Daily reports of the fragile situation fuel worries that war is imminent. But, has it really reached a point of no return? Just one spark Analysts fear the situation is a tinderbox that could be set off by a small spark. Read More "The real question now is somebody going to make a stupid mistake, because...

South Africa: Julius vs The ANC

South Africa's political rebel Julius Malema gains support across the nation as he challenges the ruling ANC party.

Behind the scenes at North Korea's film academy

A fascinating look at how young North Korean actors are trained in the arts of state propaganda.

Milwaukee Prosecutors Weigh Charges In Inmate's Dehydration Death

Prosecutors say Terrill Thomas, 38, had been left alone in his county jail cell for seven days without water. The medical examiner's office says he died of "profound dehydration" in the 2016 incident.

Supreme Court Justice Breyer Guilty Of Not Silencing His Cell Phone

Arguments before the Supreme Court Tuesday morning were interrupted by a ringing cellphone. Amused colleagues watched as Justice Stephen Breyer reacted quickly to turn off the device.

Credit Suisse launches $4bn share issue to ease capital fears

Bank abandons plans for listing of Swiss business

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier

Type 001A vessel joins Soviet-made Liaoning in country’s latest military manoeuvre

China Launches 1st Domestically-Made Aircraft Carrier

BEIJING (AP) — China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9 a.m. Wednesday following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor, the Soviet-built Liaoning, also underwent extensive refurbishing before being commissioned in 2012, the Ministry of National Defense said. Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction in late 2015. It's expected to be formally commissioned sometime before 2020,...

Instead of launching tax reform, Trump could ground it (Nancy Cook/Politico)

Nancy Cook / Politico:
Instead of launching tax reform, Trump could ground it  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday will release a plan to radically overhaul the American tax code that many Republicans say is unrealistic and could end up hurting the chances of getting anything done on the issue, long one of the party's top priorities.


Slow pace of Trump nominations leaves Cabinet agencies 'stuck' in staffing limbo (Lisa Rein/Washington Post)

Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Slow pace of Trump nominations leaves Cabinet agencies ‘stuck’ in staffing limbo  —  President Trump's Cabinet secretaries are growing exasperated at how slowly the White House is moving to fill hundreds of top-tier posts, warning that the vacancies are hobbling efforts to oversee agency operations …


Former Envoys Warn Budget Cuts Would Weaken U.S. Role At UN

Nine former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations are warning that planned cuts to the body's funding by the Trump administration could alienate allies and weaken Washington's influence.

Japan's Reconstruction Minister Resigns After Disparaging Fukushima Disaster Remarks

The Japanese cabinet minister charged with the reconstruction of the areas torn apart by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned on Wednesday after making poorly thought out remarks, according to Reuters. Masahiro Imamura was at a news conference referencing the costs injured by the 9.0 earthquake that left 20,000 dead or missing after a massive tsunami hit when he said "It was better that this happened in the northeast." Weeks ago, Imamura was in controversy by criticizing those that left Fukushima out of fear of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl and shouting at a reporter before storming off. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized on his behalf but also...

UC Berkeley riots: Violence looms as mayor questioned over ties to extremist group (Christopher Wallace/Fox News)

Christopher Wallace / Fox News:
UC Berkeley riots: Violence looms as mayor questioned over ties to extremist group  —  The University of California, Berkeley is likely to once again be the site of brutal protests on Thursday as questions arise about whether the city's mayor has ties to an extremist group sparking violence.

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