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World News China sets 2018 GDP growth target at 6.5%
Author: 0 China sets 2018 GDP growth target at 6.5%

The U.S. Defense Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the increased spending by its main strategic rival in Asia. U.S. The 64-year-old Xi has appointed himself to head bodies that oversee national security, finance, economic reform and other functions, effectively sidelining Li, the party's No.

World News Gas Prices on the Rise for Half of the Country
Author: 0 Gas Prices on the Rise for Half of the Country

Natural gas was virtually flat at $2.70 per 1,000 cubic feet, heating oil slipped a cent to $1.88 per gallon and wholesale gasoline gained a penny to $1.90 per gallon. Motorists also tend to drive more miles, especially once the busy summer driving season kicks off around Memorial Day. According to GasBuddy.com, Baton Rouge gas prices were 18.3 cents per gallon higher on Sunday compared to the same day one year ago.

World News Niger attack video released by IS shows group's 'depravity', says Pentagon
Author: 0 Niger attack video released by IS shows group's 'depravity', says Pentagon

According to the BBC , the video includes raw footage taken by one of the fallen soldiers' helmet cameras along with still images and video from militants preparing for the ambush. -Nigerien patrol, which included 12 U.S. soldiers, came under attack on the morning of October 4 by about 50 Islamic State fighters as the unit was returning to its camp.

Author: 0 China's increased defence outlay more about modernising military than 'India threat'

In November last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a defense policy bill worth 692 billion U.S. dollars for the 2018 fiscal year, about four times China's budget, while the U.S. I expect eventually we will see warships and aircraft there regularly, if not based there permanently. China does not provide a breakdown of how it allocates its defence budget, leading neighbours and other military powers to complain that Beijing's lack of transparency has added to regional tension.

World News Jared Kushner-Ivanka Trump's White House presence under scrutiny, roles reduced
Author: 0 Jared Kushner-Ivanka Trump's White House presence under scrutiny, roles reduced

The most recent source of tension was her attendance at the Olympic closing ceremony in South Korea. Christine Taylor , a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies, confirmed the loans to the Associated Press but said any implication that Kushner's White House role affected the company's long-standing relationships with lenders is "made up and without substantiation".

World News President Trump says he is
Author: 0 President Trump says he is "not backing down" on new tariffs

That's the background to President Trump's announcement last week that the USA will impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports. On Friday, Trump wrote in another Twitter post that " trade wars are good , and easy to win". Canada is the largest supplier of both steel and aluminum to the US and facing tariffs would put a serious squeeze on the country. That's led companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, General Motors Co.

World News Trump Questions Why Obama Administration Opened Investigation Before Elections
Author: 0 Trump Questions Why Obama Administration Opened Investigation Before Elections

Obama slapped new sanctions on Russia and expelled 35 Russian diplomats for its interference in election activity in the U.S.in December 2016. "Plus Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling", he tweeted Monday. That was weeks before the Federal Bureau of Investigation was presented with a dossier of raw intelligence compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, whose work was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

World News Ashley student arrested after posting photo of a gun on social media
Author: 0 Ashley student arrested after posting photo of a gun on social media

The NCHS walkout was originally planned to take place on the high school's front lawn, but an organizer said it was likely to be moved to the football field. "Our main goal is we want to inspire and promote to students that they have a voice", Barclay added. Jacobsen said they intend to track down where the gun originally came from and then track it back, because the family told them they just purchased it not long ago from an individual.

World News Richard Spencer to speak at Michigan State University today
Author: 0 Richard Spencer to speak at Michigan State University today

Even though his speech is taking place during MSU's spring break, three separate demonstrations are planned Monday to protest his visit. There are scores of people, many wearing masks, demonstrating outside Spencer's speech. At one point they say he allegedly pointed the gun at the protesters in the other vehicle. But he'll be at the livestock pavilion auditorium, away from the heart of campus.

Author: 0 Leo Varadkar rejects Theresa May's plan for three-way Brexit talks

British Prime Minister rejected that out of hand and said there would be no breaking up of the UK's common market or a border running down the Irish Sea. Theresa May has invited Conservative MPs who are trying to soften her stance on Brexit into Downing Street for peace talks this evening. May laid out the "hard facts" on Brexit and outlines her hopes for the UK's future relationship with the European Union , as it prepares to leave the trading bloc in March of next year.

World News China to increase 2018 defense budget by 8.1pc
Author: 0 China to increase 2018 defense budget by 8.1pc

Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), revealed the move at a press conference prior to the yearly meeting. In its National Defense Strategy issued at the end of past year, the Pentagon accused China - and Russian Federation - of being "revisionist powers" who want to shape the world in accordance with their authoritarian models of government, and pose the central challenge to US prosperity and security.

World News 1.7 million without power as storm hits US east coast
Author: 0 1.7 million without power as storm hits US east coast

A major winter storm struck the US East Coast on Friday , bringing heavy rain, snow and strong winds and leading to the cancellation of more than 2,200 flights and closure of the United States (US) government offices in Washington . Coast Guard is advising boaters to exercise "vigilance and extreme caution" Thursday night through Saturday . High winds also caused trucks to overturn on the Mario Cuomo/Tappan Zee Bridge and other area bridges.

World News Day care workers charged after kids allegedly given Melatonin-laced Gummy Bears
Author: 0 Day care workers charged after kids allegedly given Melatonin-laced Gummy Bears

Police say the workers - identified as 32-year-old Kristen Lauletta, 19-year-old Jessica Heyse and 25-year-old Ashley Helfenbein - each face two counts of child endangerment and two counts of battery. Mierzwa said the day care's management cooperated with the investigation. Companies make gummy melatonin supplements for adults, as well as some specifically for children.

World News Aid sector predators told 'time's up' by United Kingdom government
Author: 0 Aid sector predators told 'time's up' by United Kingdom government

NGOs and charities in attendance will sign a joint statement setting out the key principles they will adhere to, and agree a set of practical actions to take forward in an effort to improve standards and restore trust in the sector. The Charity Commission will work constructively with charities to identify practical changes and help make them work. "And if we are to restore public trust and the nation's pride in what charities achieve, we have to show that's what we understand".

World News Cong respects NE mandate, will win back trust: Rahul Gandhi
Author: 0 Cong respects NE mandate, will win back trust: Rahul Gandhi

Zeliang said NPF continued to be a part of the North-East Democratic Alliance led by the BJP and hoped the saffron party will form the new governemnt with it. Since 2014 Lok Sabha results #BJP has lost Assembly segments in over 50 Lok Sabha Seats & has won only about 2 LS seats. Infusing the ideological element with a customised political strategy, BJP started approaching the tribals, not only promising them a better economic deal but also cultural prominence.

World News Tripura CM will be selected democratically: Biplab Deb
Author: 0 Tripura CM will be selected democratically: Biplab Deb

The swearing-in of the new ministry is likely to be held on March 8 at the Swami Vivekananada Maidan in the heart of the town. IPFT demand came even as Tripura BJP chief Biplab Deb, touted to be the next CM, took out a victory road show through his Assembly constituency, Banamalipur in Agartala , accompanied by his wife and thousands of supporters.

World News No loan given under Modi's rule turned into NPA: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Author: 0 No loan given under Modi's rule turned into NPA: Ravi Shankar Prasad

By March 2014, before UPA demitted office, the amount went up to Rs 52.15 lakh crore. Out of these advances, 36 percent loans were identified as stressed assets. Dubey, in his report, claimed Chidambaram was aware of the misuse but turned a blind eye to benefit the scandalous jewellers. Launched by the previous UPA government in August 2013, the 80:20 Scheme allowed traders to import gold only after they had exported 20 per cent of gold from their previous import.

World News 2 children killed, several others injured by driver in Brooklyn
Author: 0 2 children killed, several others injured by driver in Brooklyn

Pix11 reported that a group of people got off a bus onto the sidewalk when a driver who appeared to be speeding up to make it through a light slammed into them. Lander said the pregnant woman, who was also hit, is the children's mother. Above, a woman is put on a stretcher near where the vehicle came to a stop.

World News Richard Carranza from Houston chosen as new NYC schools chancellor
Author: 0 Richard Carranza from Houston chosen as new NYC schools chancellor

Carranza, the current superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, was named to the post . De Blasio said he offered Carranza the job less than 24 hours ago, at about 10 p.m. "In Houston , Carranza was widely praised for leading the successful effort to re-open schools two-weeks after Hurricane Harvey", according to a press release from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

World News Dolores Huerta recognized at the Oscars by Common and Andra Day
Author: 0 Dolores Huerta recognized at the Oscars by Common and Andra Day

At the top of their performance, Common delivered a timely verse that addressed pressing political issues of the day - including hurricane relief, feminism, immigration and gun reform. "A land where dreamers live, and freedom dwells", he rhymed. The Selma star also offered up "sentiments of love" for the people from "Africa, Haiti to Puerto Rico ".

World News Nagaland Election 2018: BJP wins 11 seats, holds key to form Govt.
Author: 0 Nagaland Election 2018: BJP wins 11 seats, holds key to form Govt.

However, later in the evening, the Naga People's Front also staked claim to form the next government. The Union minister of state for home said the BJP's victory in Nagaland was a historic one as people have shown tremendous love and affection for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reposed full faith in his vision for Nagaland.

World News Immigration advocates want DACA replacement ASAP
Author: 0 Immigration advocates want DACA replacement ASAP

A group of DACA recipients wore white wigs and hobbled around on canes outside the Democratic National Committee in Washington to highlight how long they've waited for Congress to pass the DREAM Act , a bill that would protect them but has repeatedly failed since it was first introduced in 2001.

World News Oscars Reportedly Planning To Address Trump & Stormy Daniels Affair
Author: 0 Oscars Reportedly Planning To Address Trump & Stormy Daniels Affair

The reported $130,000 payment from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer to a former adult-film actress was flagged as suspicious by the participating bank to the Treasury Department, according to a new report. Cohen's statement that he would "always protect Mr. Trump" seemed to bolster that theory. Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week to investigate whether Cohen coordinated the payment with Trump or his campaign.

World News Ex-Russian spy critically ill after exposure to substance in UK
Author: 0 Ex-Russian spy critically ill after exposure to substance in UK

Skripal was granted asylum in Britain after being pardoned by Russia in a 2010 "spy swap" deal with the USA, under which 10 Russian spies arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation were released. " Because we are still at the very early stages of the investigation, we are unable to ascertain whether or not a crime has taken place ". Reiterating an earlier announcement, police said in a statement on Monday that "a major incident has been declared today and a multi-agency response has ...

World News Planning overhaul created to boost housebuilding in England
Author: 0 Planning overhaul created to boost housebuilding in England

The Prime Minister urged councils to do all they can to find sites, grant planning permissions and build homes including through adopting a new nationwide standard that shows how many homes authorities need to plan for in their area. May also said that, along with developers, councils also need to ensure local communities are at the heart of the process and they know what infrastructure they will be getting and when.

World News 'Real, credible' threats prompt Utica College lockdown
Author: 0 'Real, credible' threats prompt Utica College lockdown

No gunfire or injuries have been reported, the school said. State police, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and Utica City Police were dispatched to the campus. The school alerted the community to the status via Twitter around 11:12 a.m. 'Everyone on campus is to remain sheltered in place. They're also told to follow all instructions from law enforcement.

World News Canada: police add seventh victim in murder case
Author: 0 Canada: police add seventh victim in murder case

February 13, 2018 _ Police say excavation at the home's backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may "revisit the scene" when the weather warms up. Later that month, McArthur was charged with the first-degree murder of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick. He also said five of the six charges laid against the 66-year old are not related to the remains found.

World News US threatens EU with tariffs
Author: 0 US threatens EU with tariffs

He said even if Australia got some kind of exemption, there would still be other countries affected by the tariffs that may want to dump their product into Australia, which would damage Australian industry . "China wins when we fight with Europe". Our soldiers are right next to your soldiers in every conflict. The British steel industry reacted with concern.