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North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill as U.S. submarine docks in South

| SEOUL<p>North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs.<p>The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier …

North Korea

White House considers 'art of compromise' to avoid shutdown

<b>(CNN) —</b> Less than a week before the federal government is scheduled to shut down absent a funding bill, the White House's battle lines remain fuzzy.<p>That's because, in part, President Donald Trump's top aides sent mixed signals over the past few days about how far he would go to secure funding for …

Donald Trump

Arkansas carries out country’s first back-to-back executions in almost two decades

Arkansas on Monday night executed two inmates in back-to-back lethal injections, carrying out the country’s first double execution since 2000.<p>The executions came after Arkansas, pushing back on legal challenges, executed an inmate last week, the state’s first lethal injection in more than a decade. …

Death Penalty

Turkey says it bombed Kurdish terrorists in Syria and Iraq but US Kurdish allies say they were hit

Turkey has carried out a wave of airstrikes against Kurdish fighters in Iraq and northern Syria, further complicating Washington’s effort to rally Kurds and Turks in the fight against the Islamic State (Isil).<p>Turkey’s military said the strikes were aimed at the PKK Kurdish terrorist group, which …

Turkey

Macron and Le Pen pay tribute to officer killed in Champs Élysées attack

French election candidates pause from campaign to attend memorial for Xavier Jugelé, who was murdered last week<p>France’s presidential candidates have attended a ceremony in Paris to honour the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs Élysées last week.<p>The outgoing president, …

France

Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.<p>Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas to express …

Venezuela

China Bans ‘Muhammad’ and ‘Jihad’ as Baby Names in Heavily Muslim Region

BEIJING — The Chinese government, further tightening its grip on Muslims in western China, has prohibited parents from choosing names like “Muhammad,” “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.<p>Officials described the ban, introduced this month, as part of an effort to “curb religious fervor” in the …

China

Florida wildlife officers searching for loose monkey

Officials are warning residents against approaching the wild animal or making eye contact.

Florida

FitBit data contradicts murder suspect's alibi, according to police

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New video reveals moments before passenger was dragged off United flight

Surveillance video shows Dr. David Dao and his wife boarding the United flight while a newly-released police report claims an officer lost hold of a …

Aviation

House oversight committee begins reviewing Flynn security clearance documents

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, properly disclosed payments from foreign governments on his security clearance application is the subject of a House oversight committee meeting Tuesday, as members are set to review the first batch of …

Government

Conway: Border wall remains a 'very important priority' for Trump

Funding and constructing his long-promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico “remains a very important priority” for President Donald Trump, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning, even though he has signaled that he will not insist on money for it in a must-pass bill …

Donald Trump

Trump expected to include Democrat-friendly spending in tax plan

But the president’s plan likely won’t include the House GOP’s controversial border-adjustment tax<p>When the Trump administration unveils its broad tax proposal on Wednesday, its marquee policy ideas are expected to include infrastructure spending and a childcare tax credit, developed by Ivanka Trump …

Trump Administration

American killed in Ukraine identified

<b>(CNN) —</b> The American paramedic killed during a monitoring mission in Ukraine has been identified.<p>He is Joseph Stone, 36, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Monitoring Mission.<p>It is the first time a member of an SMM patrol has been killed while on duty.<p>"I …

Ukraine

Israel’s Netanyahu snubs German foreign minister for meeting activists critical of government

JERUSALEM — A diplomatic tiff erupted Tuesday over a planned meeting by the visiting German foreign minister with a group highly critical of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued an ultimatum to Germany's top diplomat, Sigmar Gabriel: …

Israel

UN hosts aid conference for beleaguered Yemen

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general is appealing to dozens of countries to boost aid to war-torn Yemen, which faces "the world's largest hunger crisis."<p>Antonio Guterres kicked off an aid conference in Geneva co-hosted with the Swiss and Swedish foreign ministers, aimed at better addressing a …

Yemen

Police: Wife's Fitbit logs steps after husband says she died

ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015.<p>Richard Dabate (DAH-bayt) faces murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement charges in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Connie …

Crime

Police Reports Blame United Airlines Passenger For Injuries

Dr. David Dao, whose forcible removal from an overbooked United Airlines flight unleashed a PR maelstrom for the carrier, was "aggressive" and …

Airlines

At least 18 Kurdish YPG members killed in Turkish air strikes in Syrial: monitor

At least 18 Kurdish YPG fighters and media officials were killed in Turkish air strikes on a headquarters of the militia in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.<p>The YPG, a U.S. ally in the fight against Islamic State, did not …

Syria

Theresa May warns Cabinet against complacency after poll suggests 150-seat majority

Theresa May has warned her Cabinet not to become complacent and to fight for "every vote" after a poll suggested the Tories could be on course for a 150-seat Commons majority.<p>The Prime Minister reminded her colleagues that Jeremy Corbyn overcame odds of 200-1 against him becoming Labour leader, and …

Referendums

US submarine arrives in South Korea

Amid tensions with North Korea, the USS Michigan, a guided-missile submarine, has arrived in the port city of Busan, South Korea.

North Korea

Ugandan feminist academic in court, remanded in maximum security prison

Ugandan academic Stella Nyanzi, who was detained for calling President Yoweri Museveni "a pair of buttocks," has appeared in court in Kampala and has been remanded in prison until May 10 pending a bail application.<p>The case of university lecturer Stella Nyanzi is seen as a key test for freedom of …

Extremism

Pope tells Egypt ahead of visit he comes as peace messenger

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a "messenger of peace."<p>In a videotaped message released on Tuesday, Francis also says he hopes the pilgrimage will "be an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in …

Pope Francis

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

List of banned baby names released amid ongoing crackdown on religion that includes law against veils and beards<p>Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child …

China

Texas lawmaker on four-day hunger strike in protest of ‘sanctuary city’ bill

On Sunday, Texas state Rep. Victoria Neave attended mass at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas, asked the priest for a blessing and received Holy Communion.<p>She hasn’t eaten anything since.<p>Neave, a Democrat, is fasting for four days in protest of a “sanctuary city” bill that the …

Dallas

Somalia executes four it says were al Shabaab fighters behind 2016 attack

A military court in Somalia has executed four men it said were fighters belonging to al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people, a military officer said on Tuesday.<p>The four men were executed in Baidoa, which lies about 245 km (150 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, …

Al-Shabaab

Nepal makes scant progress in rebuilding 2 years after quake

SANKHU, Nepal (AP) — The paved alleys are still lined by the skeletons of homes once filled with families. Shop shelves are empty, and the water well in the center of town remains clogged by fallen debris. Children carefully side-step piles of broken brick on their way to school.<p>This is life today …

Mountaineering

'Robbery of the century': Brazen heist erupts into gun battles in Paraguay and Brazil

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dozens of gunmen detonated explosives and set vehicles on fire as they stormed a private security firm in Paraguay, taking millions of dollars and sparking a violent police chase into Brazil.<p>More than 50 people carrying large caliber weapons, dynamite and caltrops took part in what …

San Diego

Spain police arrest eight suspected of Islamist militant activity

| MADRID<p>Spanish police said on Tuesday they had arrested nine men and raided 12 properties in Barcelona in an operation against suspected Islamist militants believed to be linked to last year's attack on Brussels airport.<p>The operations were carried out in conjunction with Belgian and Moroccan …

Spain

France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

PARIS (AP) — France's top officials and presidential candidates are attending a national ceremony to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees.<p>Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in France's May 7 presidential …

France

The Safest Seat On A Plane, According To Studies Of Crash Data

One block of seats has a better survival rate than others.<p>Air travel is the safest form of transportation in the country. In 2016, for the seventh year in a row, exactly zero people died from plane crashes on U.S.-certified scheduled airlines. Experts estimate your overall odds of perishing in a …

Aviation

Fewer Americans Think President Trump Keeps His Promises

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, Americans are losing faith in his ability to keep his promises, though his supporters remain …

Elections

Satellite captures rare snapshot of life in Raqqa

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Raqqa is perhaps the most isolated, repressed city on earth. Now, more than three years after it was captured by ISIS, chilling new details of the militant stronghold in Syria have emerged.<p>Satellite images provided to CNN by McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) show a city held …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Kidnapped Tennessee teen is withdrawn, jittery, family says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Elizabeth Thomas, the Tennessee teenager kidnapped by her teacher, was withdrawn and thinner after she was rescued, family members said Monday.<p>"She didn't look like herself at all. She looked like she was very worn out, very thin. And very jittery," her father Anthony Thomas said on …

San Diego

Mexico Worries That A New Border Wall Will Worsen Flooding

As the White House pushes Congress to fund President Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall, a new wrinkle has emerged that could stymie parts of the massive project.<p>Mexican engineers believe construction of the border barrier may violate a 47-year-old treaty governing the shared waters of the Rio Grande. …

Mexico

Hackers flood Isis social media accounts with gay porn

Online commenters have praised an anonymous hacker's efforts to disrupt the Islamic State militant group's social media accounts by filling them with gay porn.<p>The hacker, who goes by the name WachulaGhost, started targeting the Isis accounts after being deeply affected by the notorious shooting at …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Merkel awarded Elie Wiesel Prize for preservation of Holocaust memory

Chancellor Merkel has been awarded the Holocaust Memorial Museum's highest honor for her help preserving memories of the Holocaust. She visited Buchenwald concentration camp with the man after whom the award was named.<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel was honored on Monday by the Holocaust Memorial …

Holocaust

Trump's Mar-a-Lago loses State Department promotion posting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism.<p>In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as "Trump's Florida estate," where he …

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Two-tier system hampers refugees in UK - MPs and peers

<b>Thousands of refugees face homelessness and destitution because of a "two-tier" UK system, MPs and peers have warned.</b><p>The all-party parliamentary group on refugees says people brought in through resettlement schemes receive more support than those given refugee status after arriving as asylum …

Refugees

Tinder wants you to swipe right on this rhino to help save his species

The world's most eligible bachelor is coming to Tinder — and he may not be who you expect.<p>In a new campaign launched Tuesday, Tinder has partnered with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya to introduce users to Sudan, the last known male northern white rhino in existence. The platform hopes …

Conservation

Cassini Makes Last Close Titan Flyby, Captures Canyon On Tethys

The Cassini spacecraft made its final flyby of Saturn’s largest moon Titan in the early hours of Saturday, and images it captured of the stellar body …

Space Exploration

General Election 2017: Labour to rip up Tory Brexit plan

<b>Labour say they would scrap Theresa May's Brexit plans and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents before talks start, if they win power.</b><p>While accepting the UK was leaving, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said Labour would press for a different deal prioritising jobs and work …

Brexit

Advocates For Father And Son Imprisoned In Iran Appeal To UN For Help

The family of U.S. citizens Siamak and Baquer Namazi is ramping up the pressure on the Trump administration.<p>WASHINGTON ― A lawyer representing two American citizens imprisoned in Iran appealed to the United Nations on Tuesday to intervene on behalf of his clients.<p>In a 27-page petition submitted to …

Iran