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At Wednesday's brief directions hearing in the Victoria County Court, Pell's barrister Robert Richter argued that because the charges related to different locations and were 20 years apart, they should be split and heard in two trials. Judge Pullen said she wanted prosecutors to have their indictment ready soon. Pell appeared before it thrice, once in person and twice via video-link from Rome over the Church's handling of complaints against paedophile priests.
  • White House tree: Emmanuel Macron gift to Donald Trump disappears

    White House tree: Emmanuel Macron gift to Donald Trump disappears

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    Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said she is encouraged to hear French President Emmanuel Macron's strong support of continued partnerships with the United States in his address to a joint session of Congress. "He has made no decision on the nuclear deal, whether to stay in or get out", Bolton told Fox News yesterday. 'She can't even open a window in the White House .
  • Lord Kilclooney denies being racist over Varadkar tweet

    Lord Kilclooney denies being racist over Varadkar tweet

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    Making the criticism, Lagan Valley DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson, said: " Leo Varadkar's visit is another demonstration of the poor manners and disrespect which appears to be the Irish Government's Brexit strategy". Donegal should join the United Kingdom. "They have to respect that constitutional reality". Among business representatives meeting Mr Barnier in Newry later on Monday was Eamonn Fitzpatrick, chairman and founder of FM Environmental.
  • Two top EPA officials close to Pruitt resign

    Two top EPA officials close to Pruitt resign

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    That was after authorities banned Kelly from banking for life. Perrotta is scheduled to be interviewed by the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday as part of the committee's probe of Pruitt's alleged conduct. "I made a decision to move on and it's been an honor to serve". The departures include Albert Kelly, who ran the agency's Superfund program , which aims to clean up former hazardous waste sites, and Pasquale Perrotta, who served as the chief of security for Pruitt and helped build ...
  • House Freedom Caucus Drafts Articles Of Impeachment Against Rosenstein

    House Freedom Caucus Drafts Articles Of Impeachment Against Rosenstein

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    Although it seems unlikely that the impeachment articles will garner necessary support to advance in the House, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Judiciary Committee, called the development "sickening" in an interview with CNN .
  • Lady Hale and Supreme Court colleagues to hear 'gay cake' case today

    Lady Hale and Supreme Court colleagues to hear 'gay cake' case today

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    Mr Scoffield added that the McArthur family were being forced to use their skills, trade and experience for a objective inconsistent with their beliefs and claimed they must "choose between operating their businesses or living and acting in accordance with their religious beliefs, and we say that can not be the law".
  • Afghan security forces shrinking, insurgency growing: Watchdog

    Afghan security forces shrinking, insurgency growing: Watchdog

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    A double suicide blast in Kabul left 25 people dead including AFP photographer Shah Marai and eight other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack in eastern Khost province. Last year, RSF ranked Afghanistan the third most unsafe country in the world for journalists, and on Monday the watchdog urged the worldwide community to guard the media from future attacks.
  • Trump officials heading into North Korea talks with 'eyes wide open'

    Trump officials heading into North Korea talks with 'eyes wide open'

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    In January, Moon had said Trump "deserves big credit" for bringing about the inter-Korean talks, saying it may have come from "U.S. -led sanctions and pressure". Keeping diplomatic developments coming at a head-snapping pace, the South Korean government said on Sunday that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, had told President Moon Jae-in that he would abandon his nuclear weapons if the United States agreed to formally end the Korean War and promise not to invade his country.
  • Facebook hate speech test posted accidentally

    Facebook hate speech test posted accidentally

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    Curiously, however, the new feature didn't emerge under one of the site's myriad "hamburger" and ellipses drop-down menus, nor did it pop up as a one-time warning at the top of the site after a fresh login. Facebook appears to have applied this policy to everyone's posts, an equal opportunity "hate speech" identifying project. The notifications no longer appear below Facebook posts.
  • Lois Riess extradited to Florida

    Lois Riess extradited to Florida

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    Police believe she shot and killed her husband in late March and fled more than 1,500 miles south to Bradenton, Florida, where she fatally shot 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson in an apparent effort to steal her identity. Reiss also withdrew $5,000 from Hutchinson's account, according to court documents. She was found dead in the bathroom, lying on a pillow and covered with a towel.
  • May 14 poll date tentative: Court

    May 14 poll date tentative: Court

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    During a meeting with the commissioner on 28 April, Opposition parties had expressed grievances over the security arrangements for the single-phase polls. "The date is there but yes subject to the court's approval", said Trinamool lawmaker and lawyer Kalyan Banerjee. He was responding to allegations by opposition parties that Trinamool supporters prevented a number of their candidates from submitting nomination papers.
  • Austin City Limits Music Festival Drops 2018 Lineup

    Austin City Limits Music Festival Drops 2018 Lineup

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    The festival - which descends upon Austin's Zilker Park over the weekends of October 5-7 and October 12-14 - will serve as McCartney and Metallica's sole North American festival dates for 2018. Additionally, the lineup includes Blood Orange, Gryffin, X Ambassadors , RHYE, Parquet Courts, Elle King , Noname, Alvvays, Sir Sly , Smino, YUNGBLUD, Lo Moon, Wallows, Flor, Sasha Sloan, Mt.
  • Britain's Johnson hopes Iran deal to remain on

    Britain's Johnson hopes Iran deal to remain on

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    Under the deal, Iran agreed to stop its nuclear program in return for sanctions being lifted. The news of the Israeli parliament's decision emerged following a 20-minute presentation in which Netanyahu accused Iran of continuing to pursue its nuclear weapons programme in contravention of the 2015 nuclear deal.
  • Someone Tried To Sneak a Tiger Into Texas at the Border

    Someone Tried To Sneak a Tiger Into Texas at the Border

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    Once the three individuals were spotted they ran back to Mexico . Border Patrol agents were prepared for anything to be in that bag, but my guess is no one expected to see a little tiger cub in there. The almost four-month-old cub appeared sedated and was turned over to the Gladys Porter Zoo. Irma Chapa, a spokeswoman for the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley sector, tweeted.
  • Israel says Iran lied on nuclear arms

    Israel says Iran lied on nuclear arms

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    Ever since the deal took effect, the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ) has confirmed Iran's compliance with the JCPOA in all quarterly reports , but some other parties, especially the United States , have failed to live up to their undertakings.
  • Turkish Soccer Fan Banned From Stadium Rents Crane to Watch Game

    Turkish Soccer Fan Banned From Stadium Rents Crane to Watch Game

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    Turkish fan rented a crane to view the matches . But later on, local police asked him to pull down his crane from the stadium premises. The fan hired a crane to get the best sit in the house. The club, based in Denizli in Turkey , now sit in 15th in the TFF 1. According to the media reports of Turkish football, Demirkaya started watching the match from the 75th minute.
  • Busch Gardens to offer free beer this summer

    Busch Gardens to offer free beer this summer

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    With the new summer offering, every two weeks new featured beer brands will be highlighted with Corona kicking it off just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. "So it will be a blend of local brewers, national brewers, large brewers, small craft breweries", said Busch Gardens and Adventure Island President Stewart Clark.
  • Russian fighter jet buzzes US spy plane over Baltic Sea

    Russian fighter jet buzzes US spy plane over Baltic Sea

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    The Russian Su-27 fighter performed a "safe", but "unprofessional" intercept of a Navy P-8 surveillance plane in worldwide airspace, USA officials said, according to Fox News . American and Russian jets routinely fly close to one another in the Black and Baltic Seas, but in a professional manner, according to the Pentagon.
  • North Texas mother convicted in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers

    North Texas mother convicted in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers

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    She was sentenced to 20 years in prison on each count, with the terms to run concurrently. But the young mum was eventually arrested and charged with two felony counts of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. "We hope that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles keeps her in prison as long as they can because her actions caused the deaths of two innocent little children".
  • Mosque blasts kill at least 20 in Adamawa

    Mosque blasts kill at least 20 in Adamawa

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    Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar said, "For now (the death toll) is 24", but other sources gave far higher figures. Tuesday's bombings follow a similar attack last Thursday which killed four people in Maiduguri in the neighboring Borno state.
  • Teen criticized for wearing Chinese dress to high school prom

    Teen criticized for wearing Chinese dress to high school prom

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    A high school student's prom pictures have generated a furious debate online after some social media users accused the 18-year-old of "cultural appropriation". BTW you and your dress, both looked so lovely. "Disgusting", tweeted David Masson-Weyl. "Hi! I am a collector of cheongsams , with Chinese heritage and I think it is ridiculous other people are judging you!" "Im amazed how this got nearly 170k likes tbh".
  • 15 people injured when blowing dust causes crash in Nebraska

    15 people injured when blowing dust causes crash in Nebraska

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    The patrol said equipment was used to free several of the injured. One person has died and more than a dozen people were injured following a pileup on Interstate 80 that was caused by windblown dust Sunday evening. "I really believe that had I just been a few cars back, I would've been deeper into the worst part of the accident". Thomas said he could not release further details.
  • Anushka cheers Virat Kohli at Chinnaswamy

    Anushka cheers Virat Kohli at Chinnaswamy

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    Today at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru both teams battle for a 3rd win. Mumbai Indians , on the other hand, won their last match against in-form Chennai Super Kings . RCB will be faced with a selection dilemma. As staggering as those numbers might be, it is key for Mumbai to stay true to their strengths and not make the folly of getting complacent, especially against a side featuring Virat Kohli and possibly AB de Villiers (it's still not known whether he has recovered from ...
  • How Workers and Activists Around the World Are Celebrating May Day

    How Workers and Activists Around the World Are Celebrating May Day

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    In many parts of Europe, May Day is still celebrated as the onset of spring with picnics and outdoor barbecues. Labour Day is known as "Kamgar Din" in Hindi, "Karmikara Dinacharane" in Kannada,"Karmika Dinotsavam in Telugu, "Kamgar Divas" in Marathi, "Uzhaipalar dhinam" in Tamil, and "Thozhilaali Dinam" in Malayalam".
  • BJP to induct five new faces in J&K Cabinet

    BJP to induct five new faces in J&K Cabinet

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    The oath-taking ceremony for the new ministers has been scheduled for noon on Monday at the Jammu Convention Centre. While all nine ministers of the BJP were asked to submit their resignations on 17 April, Nirmal Singh submitted his resignation on Sunday night.
  • Don't rush after govt jobs, milk cows instead: CM Biplab Deb

    Don't rush after govt jobs, milk cows instead: CM Biplab Deb

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    The situation went so out of hand, that the Prime Minister of the largest democracy, Mr. Narendra Modi had to intervene and summon the CM to keep BJP's reputation intact in the North-East. He also urged youth to opt for breeding cows and open " paan shops" if faced with unemployment. Milk is being sold at Rs 50 per litre in Tripura. But additional secretary in the chief minister's office Milind Ramteke refuted the media reports and said that the CMs' meeting was on the commemoration of the ...
  • South Korea to remove propaganda loudspeakers at border

    South Korea to remove propaganda loudspeakers at border

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    Kim is "prepared to ... lay out a map that would help us achieve" denuclearization, Pompeo told ABC News This Week with George Stephanopoulos . "It's going be a very important meeting, the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", he said at a campaign rally yesterday.
  • Huge fire engulfs building in Sao Paulo

    Huge fire engulfs building in Sao Paulo

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    Flabio Gabia, a receptionist who works in a nearby hotel, told Estadao: "When I went to see what it was, the streets, which were deserted, were filled with people desperately trying to get away". "I was working at the time and I heard several people shouting". A fire broke out at an abandoned building in downtown Sao Paulo on Tuesday. Many such dwellings are run like regular apartment buildings, with doormen and residents paying monthly fees and utility bills.
  • Israel says Iran lied about nuclear programme

    Israel says Iran lied about nuclear programme

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    In a presentation Monday that made use of large visual aids, Netanyahu said Israeli intelligence had uncovered a trove of documents from Iran's "nuclear archives". "It was built on Iran's lies". He said he would make a decision on whether to retain the deal on or before 12 May. “We've always known they were lying, that's why we did what we did.”.
  • At Least 4 Tourists Dead During Snowstorm in Swiss Alps

    At Least 4 Tourists Dead During Snowstorm in Swiss Alps

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    The Pigne d'Arolla area, where four skiers lost their lives and five others were in a critical state. Two more ski hikers have died after being caught in a sudden storm in the Swiss Alps, bringing the toll to six, while three women remain hospitalised in poor condition, Swiss police said on Tuesday.
  • Netanyahu says he has proof of secret Iranian nuclear program

    Netanyahu says he has proof of secret Iranian nuclear program

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    United States Secretary of State , Mike Pompeo , said a landmark nuclear deal with Iran was "built on lies", after Israel claimed to have proof of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons programme. Other Western powers, including signatories Britain and France, said Iran has been abiding by the deal and it should be kept. The White House said Trump on Monday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday to "address developments concerning Syria and Iran".
  • Child dies after sneaking into clothes dryer while playing hide and seek

    Child dies after sneaking into clothes dryer while playing hide and seek

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    Investigators were called to the apartment complex around 6 p.m. Friday. It was initially reported the boy suffocated, however the medical examiner's office has since determined electrocution as the cause of death. Rodriguez continued: "My boyfriend picked him up and brought him into the house". He was unresponsive when other children found him. Even though Rodriguez saw her son a half hour before he died, she said she is filled with regret.
  • Armenia protest leader says ruling party to thwart his PM bid

    Armenia protest leader says ruling party to thwart his PM bid

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    He said opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan's steps were very competent and correct. One of his admirers is singer-songwriter Andre Simonian, who notes on his Facebook page that Mr Pashinyan refused a request to slaughter lambs in his honour, recalling something "my grandmother used to say, "You can always trust a person who loves and cares for the animals".
  • Kim Jong Un Agrees to Meet Donald Trump at DMZ, Source Says

    Kim Jong Un Agrees to Meet Donald Trump at DMZ, Source Says

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    U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday mentioned Peace House and Freedom House in Panmunjom as possible venues for his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . But Kim was not seen smoking throughout Friday's headline-grabbing summit, neither indoors nor out, even during an extended conversation with Moon at an outdoor table where an ashtray had been provided for him.
  • Oil prices drop from recent highs despite concerns over Iran sanctions

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    Crude oil futures rose in NY on Monday on concerns over possible tensions in the Middle East. Brent has risen by around 6.5 percent this month. U.S. "Better-than-expected global demand strength, in hand with OPEC production cuts, and tightened global [supply and demand] balances more successfully than anticipated are paving the way for higher crude prices", wrote Iain Reid , a Macquarie analyst in a report published Thursday.
  • John McCain: I'm retiring - so now I can speak my mind

    John McCain: I'm retiring - so now I can speak my mind

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    Can vote as your conscience dictates, and don't worry", writes McCain in his book. Glioblastoma is an aggressive cancer that forms in the brain or spinal cord. I've known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. "I made a small place for myself in the story of American and the history of my times".
  • Cooper Tire: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

    Cooper Tire: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

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    The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) has declined 25.73% since April 30, 2017 and is downtrending. It tells investors how well a company is turning their capital into profits. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. If a company is less stable over the course of time, they will have a higher score.
  • Malaysia convicts first person under

    Malaysia convicts first person under "fake news" law

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    He pleaded guilty to the charge of posting the video but said he had done so in a " moment of anger " and meant no harm. Under the newly introduced law, people disseminating false news deliberately can be punished up to six years in jail and a hefty fine.
  • Hopkins rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree, other area universities considering it

    Hopkins rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree, other area universities considering it

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    After the first trial ended in a hung jury previous year, the new decision represents the first high-profile conviction since the #MeToo movement brought concerns of sexual abuse and toxic masculinity to the societal forefront . For now, Cosby is not permitted to leave his Pennsylvania home. "It is also a victory for womanhood and it is a victory for all sexual assault survivors, female and male", said Lili Bernard, one of Cosby's accusers.