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Mike Pompeo sworn in as secretary of state after Senate vote
USA-TRUMP/POMPEO

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as U.S. President Donald Trump's secretary of state shortly after the Senate confirmed his nomination, putting the former CIA director in a pivotal role to handle U.S. foreign policy challenges such as North Korea and Iran.

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Fire reignites at Husky Energy oil refinery in Wisconsin after being put out
HUSKY ENERGY-REFINERY/BLAST

A tank containing crude oil or asphalt exploded at a large refinery in Wisconsin on Thursday, injuring several people and prompting fire officials to urge people living near the still-burning plant to leave their homes.

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U.K. prosecutors drop charges against 2 Canadian pilots
Air Transat Passengers charged

Prosecutors have dropped charges against two Canadian pilots accused of preparing to fly a commercial aircraft while under the influence of alcohol after their blood samples were mistakenly destroyed at a Scottish prison.

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China flexes muscles with 'Guam killer' missile and more drills near Taiwan
TAIWAN-MILITARY/DRILLS

China confirmed on Thursday that it had put into a service a new missile that Chinese media has dubbed the "Guam killer" for its ability to hit the U.S. Pacific Ocean base with a conventional or nuclear weapon.

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U.S. Senate committee advances bill to protect Robert Mueller from being fired
Trump Russia Probe Mueller

The Senate judiciary committee has voted to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job, putting the matter in the hands of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who has said he won't let the bill reach Senate floor.

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Rwanda mass graves could contain over 2,000 bodies from genocide
RWANDA/

Mass graves that authorities say could contain more than 2,000 bodies have been discovered in Rwanda nearly a quarter-century after the country's genocide, and further graves are being sought nearby.

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Ahead of high stakes inter-Korea summit, even the food is carefully curated
NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/

When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un steps across the border on Friday, setting in motion the historic inter-Korea summit, every step will have been carefully considered, choreographed and catered.

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Prince William to serve as best man for Prince Harry at royal wedding
Britain ANZAC Day

Britain's Prince Harry has asked his elder brother Prince William to be his best man at his wedding to U.S. actress Meghan Markle next month, his office said in a statement on Thursday.

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Canada, Britain formalize agreement on Franklin expedition wrecks
Parks Canada diver

Canada and Britain announced a formal agreement today on the remains of the Franklin Expedition, discovered on the Arctic seabed in 2014 and 2016.

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U.K. Labour Party calls on minister Amber Rudd to resign in Windrush controversy
BRITAIN POLITICS WINDRUSH GENERATION-RUDD

Britain's interior minister faced calls to resign on Thursday after giving contradictory statements about meeting targets for deportations, deepening a scandal over Britain's treatment of Caribbean immigrants.

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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says he'll plead the Fifth in porn actress case
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U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen says he will assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in connection with a lawsuit filed by adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump.

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EPA chief faces Capitol Hill questioning on allegations of improper expenses
AFP_14C6KC

Lawmakers assailed Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday for the ethics and spending scandals that have prompted bipartisan calls for his ouster. On the defensive, the EPA chief said "half-truths" and "twisted" allegations were an effort to undermine the Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda.

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White House 'Candyman' Ronny Jackson's VA bid was doomed by failed vetting
Jackson Veterans Affairs

Turns out the Candyman can’t. Not with allegations of drinking on the job. Of wrecking a government vehicle while intoxicated. Of screaming at underlings. And of overprescribing opioids. Trump nominee Ronny Jackson withdrew his name early Thursday.

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YouTube Kids lets parents override algorithm that served disturbing videos
child using tablet

YouTube is overhauling its kid-focused video app to give parents the option of letting humans, not computer algorithms, select what shows their children can watch in response to complaints that the YouTube Kids app has repeatedly failed to filter out disturbing content.

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Armenia parliament to select new PM next week amid political crisis
ARMENIA-POLITICS/

The Armenian parliament on Thursday called for an extraordinary session next week to vote for a new prime minister after the country was plunged into a political crisis with the abrupt resignation of its leader.

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French President Emmanuel Macron decries nationalism in speech to U.S. Congress
US France

French President Emmanuel Macron drew Wednesday on the "shared bond" of U.S.-French relations to call for a rejection of isolationism and instead for the countries to bond together anew for a 21st century security.

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Kim Jong-un will venture into South Korea for 1st time at summit
NORTHKOREA-SOUTHKOREA/

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will plant a commemorative tree and inspect an honour guard together after Kim walks across the border Friday for their historic summit, Seoul officials said Thursday.

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To censor the internet, 10 countries use Canadian filtering technology, researchers say
iPhone Spyware

Technology developed by a company in Waterloo, Ont., is being used by regimes and democracies throughout the world to censor online content, according to a new global investigation conducted by Citizen Lab.

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DNA brings arrest in sadistic California crime spree from '70s and '80s
Sacramento Sheriff

A DNA match in the past six days tied a former police officer to some of the crimes committed by a California serial killer behind at least 12 homicides and 45 rapes throughout the state in the 1970s and '80s, police officials announce.

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Trump's Veterans Affairs pick denies crashing car while drunk
USA-TRUMP/VETERANS

A summary of allegations against President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs says he recklessly prescribed drugs, had his own private stock of controlled substances and got drunk and crashed a government car.

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South Korea Has Planned Kim Jong Un's Visit To A Crazy Level Of Detail
Even the furniture and carpet for the North Korean leader's historic visit this week have been carefully chosen. ... read more


Germans Don Kippas In Solidarity With Jewish Groups Alarmed By Anti-Semitism
“Jewish identity is not something we should hide,” said Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal. ... read more


Danish Inventor Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Journalist Kim Wall
Peter Madsen plotted to either suffocate her or slit her throat. ... read more


What's For Dinner When Kim Jong Un Meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in
Bibimbap made with greens from the DMZ, anyone? ... read more


Toronto Van Attack Suspect's Facebook Post Praised Misogynist Mass Killer
Alek Minassian's account vowed an "Incel Rebellion" and hailed California killer Elliot Rodger. ... read more


Suu Kyi's Silence: Why Myanmar's Leader Is Ignoring The Rohingya Genocide
Aung San Suu Kyi once said: "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it.” ... read more


Saudi Coalition Air Strikes Kill At Least 20 At Yemen Wedding
The Western-backed alliance has been fighting in the war, which has killed more than 10,000 people, for three years. ... read more


Mass Protests Lead Armenian Leader To Quit After Just A Week In Office
The people of Armenia demanded the chance to choose their own leader. ... read more


3 Mexican Students Killed, Dissolved In Acid: Officials
Authorities say criminals confused the film students for members of a rival gang. ... read more


UK Vlogger Teaches Nazi Salute To Dog. Judge Fines Him For Committing A Hate Crime.
The judge also ripped the video's "menacing anti-Semitic and racist" messages. ... read more


Thousands Take To The Streets To Demand Resignation Of Nicaraguan President
Monday’s march, led by university students, was the largest seen in six days of protests. ... read more


Pope Francis Buys Gelato For Rome's Poor And Homeless
The special dessert was distributed in honor of the feast day of St. George, Francis' namesake. ... read more


10 Dead After Van Rams Into Crowd Of Pedestrians On Toronto Street
The driver was taken into custody shortly after the incident. ... read more


Paris Attacks Suspect Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Brussels Shootout With Police
Abdeslam’s co-defendant Sofien Ayari also received a 20-year term for attempted terrorist murder. ... read more


Mexican Presidential Candidate Calls For Cutting Off Thieves' Hands
“We have to cut off the hands of those who rob. It’s that simple." ... read more


Last Known Person Born In The 19th Century Dies At Age 117
Nabi Tajima, born roughly 14 years before World War I began, was believed to be the world's oldest person. ... read more


Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens Outside Voter Registration Center In Kabul
The blast came after repeated warnings that militants could try to disrupt the country's election process. ... read more


India Approves Death Penalty For Child Rapists Amid Outrage Over Recent Cases
In the emergency meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the cabinet passed an executive order to amend the criminal law. ... read more


North Korea Promised To Include Release Of U.S. Citizens In Meeting With Trump: Report
North Korean officials reportedly assured CIA Director Pompeo that three detainees would be linked to the talks. ... read more


At Least 5 Dead In Violent Clashes In Nicaragua Over Social Security Changes
Thousands take to the streets as discontent with government crackdowns builds amid roiling protests. ... read more


Spain 'wolf pack' gang jailed for San Fermin sex attack
Five men are convicted of abusing, but not raping, a woman in a case seen as Spain's MeToo moment. ... read more


Massi vs Messi: Player wins trademark case
A European court rules after a seven-year legal fight that the football superstar can trademark his name. ... read more


Video game loot boxes declared illegal under Belgium gambling laws
The Belgium Gaming Commission finds video game loot boxes violate its gambling legislation. ... read more


Liverpool-Roma clash: Italian men charged over Anfield violence
Two men have appeared in court following violence before Liverpool's Champions League game against Roma. ... read more


Revenge porn hub taken down by Dutch police raid
The notorious Anon-IB site was the source of nude images of celebrities shared widely in 2014. ... read more


Macron sees Trump dropping Iran nuclear deal
France's leader admits he may have failed to persuade his US counterpart to stick to the 2015 accord. ... read more


St Laurence O'Toole's heart found six years after theft
The 800-year-old relic is found undamaged in a Dublin park six years after heart heist. ... read more


Wembley: Football Association offered £900m to sell national football stadium
The Football Association receives an offer to sell Wembley Stadium, in a deal understood to be worth £900m. ... read more


Space agencies aim to deliver rocks from Mars to Earth
Nasa and Esa sign a letter of intent that could lead to the first "round trip" to the Red Planet. ... read more


UK MPs to debate plan to leave customs union
The home secretary says there are still "discussions to be had... to arrive at a final position". ... read more


Seventh EU Sentinel goes into orbit
Europe's latest Earth observation satellite will focus on the behaviour and health of oceans. ... read more


Serzh Sargsyan: Protesters return after talks fail in Armenia
The protest leader calls on the government to resign, while the acting PM suggests fresh elections. ... read more


Crossing Divides: Austrian group helps deaf refugees learn sign language
An Austrian organisation teaches sign language and written German to asylum seekers and refugees. ... read more


Gibraltar: Does Brexit put the rock in a hard place?
It could have big implications for Gibraltar which gave the highest vote to remain in the EU referendum. ... read more


Five times Macron ripped into Trumpism
President Emmanuel Macron used a speech to Congress to deliver several rebukes to his US counterpart. ... read more


Kim Wall death - what we know so far
What we know so far about Kim Wall's death. ... read more


Brigitte Macron on life at the top as France's first lady
Despite the responsibility of her official role, she says she hasn't changed since becoming first lady. ... read more


What really happened on Peter Madsen's submarine?
A Danish inventor is convicted of murdering the Swedish journalist and mutilating her body. ... read more


Who is Kim Wall's killer?
The "hobby engineer" is convicted of murdering and dismembering journalist Kim Wall last August. ... read more


What does a Trump-Macron bromance mean for the world?
The unlikely personal rapport between Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump raises France's global profile. ... read more


Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial
Cosby, 80, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count. ... read more


Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'
Trump's mention of his personal lawyer was part of a free-flowing rant, touching on everything from North Korea to Kanye West to what grade Trump would give himself for the job he's doing. ... read more


'Unfit,' 'Embarrassment': Lawmakers excoriate EPA's Pruitt over scandals
Pruitt, hanging on to his job, is testifying before two House subcommittees on Thursday. ... read more


Police body cams could get an AI upgrade. Civil rights groups are worried.
The groups are warning Axon not to make police body cams that can recognize faces in real time. ... read more


Trump might decide on Iran Nuclear Deal before May 12th
While speaking before the Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Mattis commented on when a decision might be expected regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal. ... read more


Former federal judge will review items FBI seized from Michael Cohen
Ex-judge Barbara Jones will review items taken from Trump's attorney to see what may be protected by attorney-client privilege. ... read more


Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to protect Mueller
The legislation to shield the special counsel comes as President Trump continues to criticize Russia investigation ... read more


Golden State Killer's victims look to heal after suspect's capture
Jane Carson-Sandler, one of the serial rapist's victims, said after the arrest was made: "It's just so nice to have closure and to know he's in jail." ... read more


Pompeo narrowly confirmed by Senate as secretary of state
The outgoing CIA director secured support from 57 senators, with 42 voting no and one senator absent. It's one of the slimmest margins for the job in recent history. ... read more


New comic superheroes are emerging. And they're Asian American.
Comic giants Marvel and DC as well as smaller publishers have introduced a wider range of diverse characters in recent years. ... read more


The judge who sentenced her for murder now wants to set her free
The jury that convicted Michigan housewife Nancy Seaman of first-degree murder, says Judge Jack McDonald, "didn't get the whole story." ... read more


Ford to stop making all passenger cars except the Mustang
The sedan is becoming less and less relevant to American motorists. ... read more


He 'felt the Bern.' Now he's shaking up Russian politics.
Vitali Shkliarov runs what he calls a "political incubator" that helps novice candidates run on independent tickets in local races. ... read more


A daughter fights for her father's life in the chaos of Venezuela
With no medicine and a crippled health system, a family loses hope in the country it loves. ... read more


U.S. presses economic giant Germany to up its military spending
"At no point since the end of the Cold War has NATO been more relevant than it is today," a senior State Department official said. ... read more


Meek Mill is ready to fight bias in the criminal justice system
The rapper is now on a mission to "shine a light" on how the criminal justice system treats minorities. ... read more


Got a news tip? We want to know about it
Do you have a story to share with us? Did you witness something you think should be reported? Reach out to our journalists by sending in your news tip. ... read more


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Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in retrial
Cosby, 80, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count. ... read more


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Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'
Trump's mention of his personal lawyer was part of a free-flowing rant, touching on everything from North Korea to Kanye West to what grade Trump would give himself for the job he's doing. ... read more


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'Unfit,' 'Embarrassment': Lawmakers excoriate EPA's Pruitt over scandals
Pruitt, hanging on to his job, is testifying before two House subcommittees on Thursday. ... read more


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Police body cams could get an AI upgrade. Civil rights groups are worried.
The groups are warning Axon not to make police body cams that can recognize faces in real time. ... read more


Trump might decide on Iran Nuclear Deal before May 12th
While speaking before the Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Mattis commented on when a decision might be expected regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal. ... read more


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Former federal judge will review items FBI seized from Michael Cohen
Ex-judge Barbara Jones will review items taken from Trump's attorney to see what may be protected by attorney-client privilege. ... read more


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Senate Judiciary Committee passes bill to protect Mueller
The legislation to shield the special counsel comes as President Trump continues to criticize Russia investigation ... read more


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Golden State Killer's victims look to heal after suspect's capture
Jane Carson-Sandler, one of the serial rapist's victims, said after the arrest was made: "It's just so nice to have closure and to know he's in jail." ... read more


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Pompeo narrowly confirmed by Senate as secretary of state
The outgoing CIA director secured support from 57 senators, with 42 voting no and one senator absent. It's one of the slimmest margins for the job in recent history. ... read more


http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2018_17/2401021/180416-dc-comics-tai-character-sketch-se-628p_b7dfce4e3e049b01b0eee9baa3789ef5.jpg
New comic superheroes are emerging. And they're Asian American.
Comic giants Marvel and DC as well as smaller publishers have introduced a wider range of diverse characters in recent years. ... read more


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The judge who sentenced her for murder now wants to set her free
The jury that convicted Michigan housewife Nancy Seaman of first-degree murder, says Judge Jack McDonald, "didn't get the whole story." ... read more


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Ford to stop making all passenger cars except the Mustang
The sedan is becoming less and less relevant to American motorists. ... read more


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He 'felt the Bern.' Now he's shaking up Russian politics.
Vitali Shkliarov runs what he calls a "political incubator" that helps novice candidates run on independent tickets in local races. ... read more


A daughter fights for her father's life in the chaos of Venezuela
With no medicine and a crippled health system, a family loses hope in the country it loves. ... read more


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U.S. presses economic giant Germany to up its military spending
"At no point since the end of the Cold War has NATO been more relevant than it is today," a senior State Department official said. ... read more


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Meek Mill is ready to fight bias in the criminal justice system
The rapper is now on a mission to "shine a light" on how the criminal justice system treats minorities. ... read more


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Got a news tip? We want to know about it
Do you have a story to share with us? Did you witness something you think should be reported? Reach out to our journalists by sending in your news tip. ... read more