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U.S. hopes for U.N. vote on new Syria toxic gas inquiry next week

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to create a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Thursday she hopes to put it to a vote as early as next week. A previous international investigation, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), ended in November after Russia blocked for the third time in ...


North Korea denies chemical weapons link with Syria

North Korea denied reports it had cooperated with Syria on chemical weapons, dismissing them as a fabrication by the United States to pressure the country, state media reported late Thursday. State run KCNA news agency cited a spokesman at the foreign ministrys research institute of American studies arguing that the United States made anonsensical argument that it helped Syria produce chemical ...


Oscars so scandalous: leading movies hit with backlash

For some, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a movie about an angry mother seeking justice. But others cannot get past its racist cop, who they feel is unfairly redeemed. Call Me By Your Name is hailed as a heartbreaking gay romance, but some are puzzled that the filmmakers cast two straight actors to play the lead roles. While recent years have seen the Oscars attacked for under-r...


U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemens Houthi group. If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If were not going to get action on ...


U.S. students protest gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages. The unprecedented lobbying effort by groups of teenagers and parents at the White House and at the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee played out as f...


Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks,' considers other steps after Florida shooting

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last weeks school shooting in Florida. Tightening gun laws would mark a change in course for Trump, who has championed gun rights during his campaign and presidency. The mass shooting at a ...


U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump

A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscows purported effort to interfere. The office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian comp...


Ex-student arrested after 17 shot dead at Florida high school

A 19-year-old gunman returned to the Florida high school where he had once been expelled for disciplinary problems and opened fire with an assault-style rifle on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others before he was arrested, authorities said. The violence erupted shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a placid, middle-class comm...


Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solut...


Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance Chinas assertive posture...


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