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On May 9, the Trump administration approved a Pentagon plan to provide heavy weapons to Kurdish YPG rebels fighting to expel Islamic State from Raqqa , capital of its self-proclaimed caliphate. And this is really about trying to give Turkey a big hug. It has always been obvious that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is more interested in targeting the Kurds than in fighting Isis.
  • Moors murderer Ian Brady dies aged 79

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    The murderer, who was 79 when he passed away, was confirmed to have died in prison by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. At a court hearing in February lawyers said he had been bedridden for the last couple of years and it was "fair to say" he is terminally ill, with emphysema among his ailments.
  • China Jan-April property investment rises 9.3 percent year-on-year

    China Jan-April property investment rises 9.3 percent year-on-year

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    Private sector investment grew 6.9 percent in the first four months to 8.81 trillion yuan, accounting for 61 percent of the total, the statement said. Natural gas productions gained six percent on year at 50.9 bcm for the January-April period, the data showed. However, he added: "We're still some way off from the economy weakening to the point where it will test the tolerance of policymakers.as the urgency to address some of these financial risk issues (is even greater)".
  • USA may have dispersed equipment to Syrian Kurds 'very quickly'

    USA may have dispersed equipment to Syrian Kurds 'very quickly'

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    U.S. Central Command announced Thursday that the U.S. -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish and Arab force, recaptured the key Syrian city of Tabqah, the Tabqah Dam and a nearby airfield from the Islamic State , continuing to weaken ISIS's control of territory and people.
  • BC election results are 'beginning of something different,' Clark says

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    But NDP leader John Horgan is striking a defiant tone the day after British Columbians went to the polls. Forty-four seats are needed for a majority. "Voters of all political stripes are urging whoever forms the next government to take action on issues such as mental health and big money in politics", said Insights West vice-president Mario Canseco.
  • Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

    Trump preparing certified letter attesting to no Russia ties

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    Spicer added that Trump had directed a law firm to send Graham a certified letter stating as much. "It's, I think, fairly limited, because it's a - normally fairly high-level officials". Clapper also said that Russia's meddling in last year's USA presidential elections amounted to a "high-water mark" in its decades-long efforts to interfere in political contests.
  • Russia: Syria deal bans US-led coalition aircraft

    Russia: Syria deal bans US-led coalition aircraft

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    Russian Aerospace Forces have already, on May 1 paused their airstrikes in the areas demarcated as safe zones, Russia's Defense Ministry said . There were limited reports of bombing in northern Homs and Hama, and the southern province of Daraa, areas expected to be part of the "de-escalation zones", activists said .
  • Syria's Assad says Geneva talks gave no results

    Syria's Assad says Geneva talks gave no results

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    Tillerson and Lavrov's meeting in Alaska comes 150 years after Washington purchased the USA state from Moscow. Minsk/Beirut: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that de-escalation zones proposed by his ally Russian Federation were a chance for rebels to "reconcile" with Damascus and drive out Islamist militants, but vowed to fight on calling UN-led peace talks fruitless.
  • Helicopter Crew Warns Paddleboarders They're 'Next to Approximately 15 Great White Sharks'

    Helicopter Crew Warns Paddleboarders They're 'Next to Approximately 15 Great White Sharks'

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    What does all this mean for beachgoers? "Be advised state parks is asking us to make an announcement to let you know that you are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks". The sharks migrate south when the waters off California dip below 60 degrees in the winter. Above: Declines in estimated relative abundance for coastal shark species: (A) hammerhead, (B) white, (C) tiger, and (D) coastal shark species; and oceanic shark species: (E) thresher, (F) blue, (G) mako, and ...
  • 17 mummies discovered in central Egypt: ministry

    17 mummies discovered in central Egypt: ministry

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    The mummies have been elaborately preserved and are thought to have been officials and priests. The minister of antiquities, Khaled al-Enany, announced the discovery on the site in the city of Minya, around 250 kilometres south of Cairo.
  • In Portugal Father of Fatima 'miracle' boy recounts recovery

    In Portugal Father of Fatima 'miracle' boy recounts recovery

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    A newspaper of the day reported, "Before their dazzled eyes the sun trembled, the sun made unusual and brusque movements, defying all the laws of the cosmos, and according to the typical expression of the peasants, 'the sun danced'". They weren't, and World War II began in 1939. The second was a warning that Russian Federation would "spread her errors" in the world if people did not turn to God.
  • Of alternatives on trade, points to China

    Of alternatives on trade, points to China

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    In a Wednesday letter, the duo criticised Mr Lighthizer's "vocal advocacy for protectionist shifts in our trade policies", following a confirmation hearing in which the nominee embraced "an America-first trade policy". In a 82-14 vote, the Senate approved Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday. Just two years ago, a solid bipartisan majority supported free trade.