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Reuters
Five percent? EU leaders doubt May's Brexit vote chances

After British Prime Minister Theresa May reassured them she could win a crunch vote in parliament next week to ensure an orderly Brexit, EU leaders were left even more doubtful of her chances.

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Russia Today
Bolton says Trump ‘very serious’ about ‘all options’ as Venezuela dismantles ‘terrorist cell’

Donald Trump is not kidding when he says “all options” to topple Maduro are open, US regime-change hawk John Bolton reiterated, as the Venezuelan government busted wannabe president Juan Guaido’s aide for running a terrorist cell. Read Full Article at RT.com

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CNN
Muslim call to prayer as New Zealand mourns attack victims

New Zealand came together in a national day of reflection Friday to mark a week since the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people.

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Reuters
In major shift, Trump says time for U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy and giving a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign.

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United Press International
Lawyer: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump discuss official business over ...

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been communicating through private email accounts and messaging applications in violation of the Presidential Records Act.

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Voice of America
Residents Fret About Chemical Plant Fire, Despite Assurances

Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second time in three days, they were heading to a relative's house, worried about what they've been breathing since a massive fire broke out Sunday at the Intercontinental ...

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CNN
New US sanctions over North Korea

The Trump administration on Thursday issued its first set of sanctions aimed at North Korea since the failed summit last month between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, going after two Chinese shipping companies that have helped Pyongyang evade restrictions imposed by the US and United Nations Security Council.

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CNN
Comey: 'No idea' what Mueller will conclude -- 'I also don't care'

Former FBI Director James Comey said he does not know what special counsel Robert Mueller will conclude in regard to President Donald Trump, and does not care so long as the investigation was completed properly.

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The Daily Beast
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Fox News Haters: ‘Why Are So Many Grown Men Just Obsessed’ With Me?

NBCOn Thursday night, Time magazine cover star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, stopped by Seth Meyers’ Late Night. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th district, was asked by the comedian about Fox News’ apparent obsession with her—that she has, in essence, become their new Hillary Clinton (or their bogeywoman). “I mean, it’s weird. Like, why are so many grown men ...

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Zero Hedge
Kremlin Says US "Stoking Tensions" By Deploying 6 Nuke-Capable Bombers To Europe

The Kremlin on Thursday slammed US attempts to "stoke tensions" by flying nuclear-capable bombers near its borders after a series of prior close encounters over the Baltic Sea. This after the US Air Force starting late last week deployed no less than six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for what it described as "theater integration and flying ...

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Reuters
U.S. immigration arrests fall under Trump as resources shift to the border

U.S. immigration arrests fell under President Donald Trump at the end of 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier, a drop authorities attributed to a growing need to deal with "alarming rates" of migrant families at the border.

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CNN
Suspect in Utrecht shooting 'had terrorist intent'

Dutch prosecutors believe that the suspect in the Utrecht tram shooting that killed three people on Monday had a terrorist motive, but authorities are probing if this was combined with any "personal problems," according to a statement released on Thursday.

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United Press International
North Korea slams Seoul’s ‘trashy’ policy, U.S. cooperation

South Korean policy initiatives should be "thrown in the trash" because they are a distraction to Korea-led unification, multiple

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Reuters
Vietnam protests to China over South China Sea boat sinking

Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam said late on Thursday.

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Zero Hedge
USC Blocks Students Involved In Admission Scandal From Registering For Classes & Obtaining ...

The next shoe in the admission scandal saga has dropped. The University of Southern California has now blocked students who were involved in the admissions scandal from registering for classes and getting their transcripts, according to a brand new CNBC report. Additionally, the students could see their admission revoked and are ...

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Reuters
White House rejects Democrats' requests for information on Trump-Putin ...

The White House rejected a request by congressional Democrats that it provide information about President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin, House Democratic leaders said on Thursday, suggesting they would take further action.

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CNN
Patriots owner fights release of surveillance video

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is spurning a plea deal and fighting the release of surveillance video after being charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Breitbart
Democrat 2020 Candidates Skip AIPAC Policy Conference

None of the declared candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for president will attend the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) this year.

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USA Today
Red Bull stunt lights up Los Angeles sky

Red Bull lit up the sky in downtown Los Angeles with flaming wingsuits to celebrate the year's final supermoon.         

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CNN
What Hickenlooper has to do to win

On Wednesday night, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had an opportunity to introduce himself to the American people. And for many viewers -- putting aside his hard-core Colorado fans -- some of his answers were too long, hard to follow and lacking the pizzazz we have seen from some of the other Democratic contenders.

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Breitbart
Van Jones: Joe Biden Trying to Put on ‘Diversity Jacket’ with Abrams as Running Mate

Appearing Thursday afternoon on CNN, network contributor Van Jones said a decision by former Vice President Joe Biden to name failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as his 2020 running mate would be an attempt at boosting his "diversity" bona fides.

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United Press International
Shanahan: Space Force needed to ensure 'margin of dominance'

U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. needs a Space Force to maintain the nation's "dominance" in space, and protect the systems the military and country depend on.

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Reuters
U.S. Powerball jackpot soars to $625 million ahead of Saturday's drawing

The U.S. Powerball jackpot leaped to at least $645 million on Thursday ahead of its second drawing after no one claimed the winning numbers announced on Wednesday, when the cash prize was at $550 million, according to lottery officials.

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New York Times
Rejecting Asylum Claim, U.K. Quotes Bible to Say Christianity Is Not ...

An Iranian asylum seeker said he converted from Islam to Christianity because it was a “peaceful” religion. The Home Office used Bible verses about vengeance as a basis to deny the claim.

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CNN
Top US Marine warns border deployment and storm relief efforts pose 'unacceptable risk'

The commandant of the US Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, has warned acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan that a series of "unplanned and unbudgeted" tasks -- including President Donald Trump's decisions to deploy Marines to the southern border and to reallocate a portion of the defense budget to pay for the construction of a border wall -- has imposed an "unacceptable risk to ...

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BBC
Uber 'picks New York Stock Exchange' for stock listing

The firm's public stock offering is expected in the coming months and may be one of the biggest in 2019.

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New York Times
JetBlue Faces Lawsuit Saying Pilots Drugged and Raped Flight ...

Two JetBlue flight attendants said in a lawsuit that they were drugged, and one of them raped, by two pilots who also worked for the airline.

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