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In a television interview, Kudlow yesterday downplayed the significance of the $ 200 billion figure, saying, "Maybe I got ahead of the curve", and that it had been used as a "rough ballpark estimate". ZTE has been a key factor in negotiations, as the ban exposed China's heavy reliance on crucial tech imports from the US. The ZTE issue may have hampered wider trade talks with China, however, with U.S.
  • Yulia Skripal issues video statement

    Yulia Skripal issues video statement

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    Ms Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei , a former Russian double agent who now lives in the United Kingdom , were found frothing at the mouth on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March. " In the longer term I hope to return home to my country ". Russia's ambassador in London , Alexander Yakovenko, has repeatedly demanded to see Yulia, who was a Russian citizen when she was poisoned.
  • Global community agree on saving JCPOA: Iran

    Global community agree on saving JCPOA: Iran

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    The 2015 Iran nuclear deal is now hanging in the balance after Tehran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued his demands to European Union powers, which are likely to be rejected by the UK, France and Germany . The tone of the demands appear to be a response to a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said Behnam Ben Taleblu, Iran researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which opposed the 2015 deal negotiated by President Barack Obama.
  • Cyclone Mekunu Slams Oman, Yemen Killing at Least 5

    Cyclone Mekunu Slams Oman, Yemen Killing at Least 5

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    Socotra Gov. Ramzy Mahrous said one ship sank and two others ran aground in the storm, initially saying authorities believed 17 people were missing. The officials said heavy rains pummeled Yemen's easternmost province of al-Mahra, along the nation's border with Oman .
  • Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

    Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

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    The hashtag is dominated by people from the Yes camp - often wearing "Repeal" jumpers and badges. The complete ban on abortion was lifted in 2013, but it is now only permitted when the life of the mother is at risk. The fight to protect that law has resulted in women being denied medication they needed and in some case, dying. Buckley was one of several bishops to issue statements last weekend, the last before the Friday referendum.
  • Air force monitors Chinese bombers over Bashi Channel

    Air force monitors Chinese bombers over Bashi Channel

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    China has increased its military activities near Taiwan over the past year, in what is widely seen as an effort to pressure President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文). She said: "China's crude behaviours to undermine our sovereignty have already challenged the bottom line of Taiwan's society". Tensions between China and Taiwan hiked with the election of Ms Tsai in 2016, after which five countries cut their ties with Taiwan.
  • Two Injured in Shooting at Indiana Middle School

    Two Injured in Shooting at Indiana Middle School

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    Noblesville Police Department said a school resource officers, or SRO, is assigned to Noblesville West Middle School. Student Austin Duncan said in an interview with local broadcaster WTTV that occupants of his classroom barricaded a door and huddled together in a panic during the shooting incident while a teacher grabbed a baseball bat for protection.
  • Ireland: Anti-Abortion Group Calls Vote Result 'a Tragedy'

    Ireland: Anti-Abortion Group Calls Vote Result 'a Tragedy'

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    It suggested the highest "Yes" vote was in Dublin , where 77 percent of voters were in favor, but there was no sharp urban/rural divide as in previous referendums on the subject, with all provincial areas backing the proposals. The Eighth Amendment has been in place since 1983, granting fetuses and pregnant women the same rights. Article 40.3.3 would be removed and be replaced with an enabling provision: "Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy".
  • Ireland votes in 'once-in-a-generation' abortion referendum

    Ireland votes in 'once-in-a-generation' abortion referendum

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    As the Irish people vote today on repealing the Eighth Amendment to their constitution and so legalising abortion, Judith Woods says in the Telegraph that "repeal would allow unrestricted terminations of pregnancies for up to 12 weeks, thereby bringing it into line with every other country in Western Europe except for Northern Ireland ".
  • Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

    Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

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    SANA said Syrian air defences had intercepted the missiles in Homs, but reported explosions in the area. In February, coalition forces struck pro-government forces in eastern Syria that the USA said had attacked US -backed Kurdish forces battling IS militants.
  • Rachel Dolezal charged with welfare fraud | Columbia Basin

    Rachel Dolezal charged with welfare fraud | Columbia Basin

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    She's charged with first-degree theft by way of welfare fraud, perjury in the 2nd degree and false verification for public assistance. Dolezal voluntarily met with the office last month for an interview but stated she previously disclosed all her income and didn't know about these "discrepancies".
  • 30-year-old man ordered to move out of parents' home

    30-year-old man ordered to move out of parents' home

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    He also asked adult protective services to investigate the case. Michael Rotondo said that he's "not a burden to them in the home" and the parents "don't provide laundry or food". Another message urged him to either fix his auto, a Volkswagen Passat, or take it down off of the "ramps" that it was on at the Rotondos' house. The judge agreed and granted the eviction.