Suu Kyi ally Win Myint is new Myanmar president

29 Mar, 2018

Win Myint, who resigned as lower house speaker last week, swept up almost two thirds of the votes in a Parliament dominated by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party. It is still in charge of security matters and still faces accusations of rights abuses. His tenure was marked by "exerting strict control over the MPs", said Khin Zaw Win, director of Yangon think tank The Tampadipa Institute.


Fixing our plastic problem needs more than a bottle return scheme

29 Mar, 2018

The deposit scheme to be introduced in Britain will be opened for consultation to determine how it will work. Officials say that British consumers use around 13 billion plastic drink bottles every year. "But we also want to ensure that any schemes that are developed work in the best interests of our members". It is not yet clear how much the deposit will be or when the scheme will begin, but its aim is to help tackle pollution in the ocean.


Couple charged with stealing from Parkland shooting memorial

29 Mar, 2018

Witnesses told Broward County deputies they saw William Kennedy and Kara O'Neil taking the items from the Parkland, Fla., school's memorial after 10 p.m., according to their arrest reports. Kennedy represented himself in court on Monday and has since bonded out on $1000. Both suspects were arrested for removing or disfiguring a tomb or a monument and ordered held on $1,000 bail.


Donald Trump's approval ratings at highest point in 11 months

28 Mar, 2018

Almost two-thirds of Americans approve of Trump's decision to meet with Kim (62% approve, 31% disapprove) and the President's overall approval for handling the situation with North Korea has climbed from a November low of 35% to 43% now.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) to File Bill Legalizing Hemp

28 Mar, 2018

The Trump administration has taken a tougher stance on marijuana . In 2014, however, Congress passed the Agricultural Act (aka the federal farm bill) that legally defined hemp as cannabis containing "0.3 percent THC or less", and allowing certain states to create pilot programs to grow small amounts of the plant.


Grenade-Carrying Palestinians Infiltrate Israel From Gaza

28 Mar, 2018

In response to the incident, Israeli fighter jets struck a target in a military compound belonging to the Hamas in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip on Saturday night. All major Palestinian factions have endorsed the planned march, during which demonstrators will converge en masse on the Gaza Strip's roughly 45-kilometer-long eastern border with Israel.


North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Makes Surprise Visit to China

27 Mar, 2018

Beijing has traditionally been the closest ally of secretive and isolated North Korea . The armoured North Korean train pulled into Beijing under heavy guard, with later footage showing a vehicle driving away under police escort. On Chinese social media, some Dandong residents said there had been high security around the train station and said there was talk of Mr Kim passing through.


BSP suspends Anil Singh for cross-voting in Rajya Sabha polls

26 Mar, 2018

BSP lost the hard-fought battle to gain a Rajya Sabha seat in UP but their ambitions were brought down by the BJP , with the ruling party winning all 9 seats that they contested for. The Allahabad High Court has denied permission to BSP's Mukhtar Ansari, now lodged in Banda jail, to vote in the Rajya Sabha elections. "The way Mayawati ji has bestowed her trust on the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, we thank her from the core of heart", said SP spokesperson and MLC Sunil Yadav Sajan.


President Trump says he's 'very happy' with existing legal team

26 Mar, 2018

The president's comments were reminiscent of his remarks earlier this month in response to claims of staff unhappiness that "everybody wants to work in the White House". Added Trump: "I am very happy with my existing" attorney team. He notes that " many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russian Federation case".


Why Trump Threatened To Veto A Massive Spending Bill

26 Mar, 2018

However, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was still in town and encouraged Trump to veto the bill, describing part of it as "grotesque". "I will never sign another bill like this again", he said. So this is not the first budget; this is not the first time where he can tell us, Well, next time I won't do this. "Everyone knows you're the reason DACA recipients are abandoned".


Patriots provide team plane for Stoneman Douglas High School students

25 Mar, 2018

Via FOX 25 in Boston, the Patriots provided the transportation to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, using one of the two planes the team purchased previous year. Some of the most prominent student activists from Stoneman Douglas were in Cambridge earlier this week to participate in a panel at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government about the gun-control movement building across the country .


Trump Threatens Veto Of Spending Bill

25 Mar, 2018

But, we were in a sense force, if we want to rebuild our military, were forced to have. Paul caused the government to briefly shut down in February when he filibustered a short-term spending bill under consideration at the time. Republican leaders could have crafted a spending bill that met conservative demands, but it would fail in the Senate, where Democrats have enough votes to block legislation.


On Pak National Day, Islamabad seeks 'peaceful' ties with India

25 Mar, 2018

In its 16th note verbale to the Pakistan foreign ministry, the Indian High Commission specifically mentioned three incidents of harassment of senior officials, they said. As former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan said, the ongoing hostility is symptomatic of the overall situation between the 2 countries which is marked by LoC hostility and absence of any high-level engagement.


'Vote them out' protesters chant at Wichita's March For Our Lives

25 Mar, 2018

But one of the most inspiring moments of the day came when 11-year-old Naomi Wadler, who recently led a walkout at her school in Virginia, took the stage in Washington . They've raised roughly $34,000 through T-Shirt sales and donations. Everytown, the national gun control group founded by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NY, helped expand the Washington rally to other communities.


White House Defends Putin Call

25 Mar, 2018

Trump's briefing materials-which included an all-caps reminder for the president not to congratulate Putin-"did not include any reference to a meeting", according to the Post , citing unnamed sources. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday he wouldn't comment specifically on Trump's action, but he told CNN, "I think Putin's a criminal". Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing President Donald Trump for calling Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election.


At least 29 killed in IS attack on Nauroz celebrations in Kabul

24 Mar, 2018

Scores of people were killed in a wave of Taliban and IS attacks on Kabul in January, underlining the city's fragile security. " India unequivocally condemns, in the strongest terms, the inhumane and barbaric terrorist attack in Kabul today", read a statement issued by the MEA.


Time magazine points to Russian Federation as driver of Venezuelan Petro

24 Mar, 2018

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro launched the cryptocurrency in an effort to salvage his country's failing economy . The United States will provide $2.5 million in food and medical aid to Venezuelans fleeing their economically-crippled country to neighbouring Colombia and is poised to help other countries if the situation worsens, US officials said on Tuesday.


Joseph diGenova, high profile Washington lawyer, joins Trump legal team

21 Mar, 2018

Trump crossed a new milestone over the weekend in attacking the investigation by calling out Mueller by name. The president's critics accused him of laying the groundwork to try and remove Mueller, and some Republicans warned Trump against taking such a step.


Trump's Policy of Executing Drug Dealers Is Straight From the Authoritarian Handbook

21 Mar, 2018

His approach to managing the "war on drugs" would be three-pronged: reducing demand through education, cutting off the flow of illicit drugs and saving lives by expanding opportunities for evidence-based addiction treatment. The commission's report was the basis of numerous proposals Trump announced Monday. For the moment, it's unclear how this will play out. However, federal law does supposedly allow the death penalty as punishment for large-scale drug crimes, though the law has never ...


In Response to Recent Deaths, FAA Halts "Doors-Off" Helicopter Flights Nationwide

20 Mar, 2018

And among doors-off helicopter flights available across the United States, many use harnesses that are hard for passengers to remove themselves. After the crash, Schumer called on the FAA to ban all flights operated by Liberty Helicopters until an investigation was complete.


Manila hotel fire leaves at least 4 dead, 2 trapped

20 Mar, 2018

TV footage showed dark gray smoke billowing from the lower floors of the hotel as rescuers brought people out of the building. Around 300 guests and more than 70 Pagcor employees, who were evacuated from the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino as the fire raged through several floors, have all been accounted for, firefighters said.


The UK Is Forcefully Responding to Russia's Chemical Attack On Their Soil

19 Mar, 2018

Asked by a Reuters reporter in the Kazakh capital if Moscow would expel British diplomats, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov smiled and said on Friday: "We will, of course". Skripal betrayed dozens of Russian agents to British intelligence before his arrest in Moscow in 2004. May on Thursday visited Salisbury, a normally sedate city where police investigators in chemical protection suits and the army have been collecting evidence of the poisoning.


European powers propose new Iran sanctions to meet Trump ultimatum

19 Mar, 2018

Pompeo is expected to have his confirmation hearing in April, the month before a May 12 deadline for Trump to decide whether to reimpose sanctions that were suspended in exchange for Iran's acceptance of limits on its nuclear program. A senior State Department official in Washington said the USA side has used the opportunity to raise the cases of Americans imprisoned or missing in Iran.


Israeli guard seriously injured in Jerusalem stabbing attack

19 Mar, 2018

A previous tunnel discovered and destroyed by the IDF. One person has been killed after a knife attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday. Israel last went public with an operation against a Gaza tunnel in the area in January, saying that the secret passage had also run through neighboring Egypt.


North America's Football World Cup bid hit as host cities drop out

18 Mar, 2018

Federation Internationale de Football Association also requires a "step-in" clause, which would allow the governing body to require host cities to make adjustments to parking, stadiums or security even after a bid has been secured. That means, if the bid is chosen, Nashville will host at least one game at Nissan Stadium. "As stewards for the world's largest sporting event, our diverse and inclusive cultures will welcome all players, officials and fans in celebration of the game in North ...



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