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McDonald's touts 'frork' fry utensil to promote new burgers McDonald's touts 'frork' fry utensil to promote new burgers
- May 04, 2017

McDonald's Corp. has released a new utensil called Frork , a fry-fork hybrid that has french fries for prongs and are created to scoop up all the toppings that fall out of the new sandwiches. The first 500 callers get a " frork " and the first 5,000 callers get a coupon for a Signature Crafted Recipe Sandwich . Sweet BBQ Bacon: Sweet BBQ meets savory, with grilled onions, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, creamy white cheddar, delicious BBQ sauce, all topped with golden crispy onions. (more...)
UK's Labour Party vows to ditch May's Brexit plan if elected
- May 03, 2017

Theresa May has been accused of "running scared" and "ducking" her responsibility to take part in democratic debate after ruling out head-to-head battles with other party leaders. The ITV media has already said it will hold a leaders' debate with further details to be announced in due course, while Sky News is also considering its options. (more...)
Paris attack will 'probably help' Le Pen in France Paris attack will 'probably help' Le Pen in France
- May 03, 2017

Officials are reporting that more than 50,000 police personnel have been mobilized to provide enhanced security for the event. U.S. President Donald Trump elbowed his way into the French presidential elections in the only way he knows how: Twitter. (more...)
Tottenham targeting West Ham win to pile pressure on Chelsea
- May 03, 2017

Spurs can close the gap to a slender point if they win at West Ham United on Friday, which would leave Chelsea to stew for three days before their home game with Middlesbrough the following Monday. "The race for the title is down to four points and we will see what will happen". Chelsea took time to settle but once Pedro scored their opener - his first goal in nine matches - the floodgates opened and they ran out 3-0 winners. (more...)
Crude Trump-Putin joke triggers attacks and support for TV's Colbert
- May 03, 2017

It's a sentiment being seconded by many. Colbert was apparently upset that Trump, appearing on " Face the Nation " on April 30, had told " Face the Nation " host John Dickerson that his pet name for the show was "Deface the Nation" and essentially consisted of "fake news". (more...)
Kazakhstan expects Syrian armed opposition to return to talks on Thurs Kazakhstan expects Syrian armed opposition to return to talks on Thurs
- May 03, 2017

Turkey, which supports opponents of Bashar al-Assad's regime, joined Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran in sponsoring the negotiations after the assault on Aleppo in December. "If this is about the people who were forced to leave their homes by the conflict, . getting their basic needs covered, . then I think that the idea to create areas within Syria for those internally displaced could be discussed with the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees and other organizations", he said, though ... (more...)
House Republicans Vote to Change the Overtime Pay Rule House Republicans Vote to Change the Overtime Pay Rule
- May 03, 2017

While public sector employees have had this option for three decades, it is still not allowed under current law in the private sector. "It seems only fair to extend this benefit to the private sector since the public sector has enjoyed this option for more than 30 years". (more...)
China 'putting pressure' on North Korea
- May 02, 2017

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. president Donald Trump's statement that he would make South Korea pay one billion dollars for the system. The Trump administration last month decided that its strategy toward North Korea - which has ramped up its sinister saber-rattling in recent weeks - would be "maximum pressure and engagement", the AP reported. (more...)
Herbsaint, Shaya and Arnaud's French 75 win James Beard Awards Herbsaint, Shaya and Arnaud's French 75 win James Beard Awards
- May 02, 2017

New York City's Le Coucou took the prize for best new United States restaurant, while its owner Stephen Starr was named the nation's outstanding restaurateur. Satterfield had been nominated five years in a row. The Rising Star Chef of the Year - which acknowledges an up-and-comer under the age of 30 was named Zachary Engel of Alon Shaya's Shaya in New Orleans (our 2015 Restaurant of the Year). (more...)
White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism
- May 02, 2017

A Trump administration official insisted, however, that the invitation was not a reward to Duterte or an endorsement of his policies but a decision that engagement with the Philippines, an important longtime USA ally, was better than withdrawal which could "intensify bad behavior" by Duterte. (more...)
UK says PM May to lead Brexit talks, approaching them with 'goodwill'
- May 02, 2017

Details of the pair's Brexit meeting were leaked at the start of this week, leaving Theresa May under fire following reports Mr Juncker had walked out of talks saying he was "10 times more sceptical than before". Another point of contention detailed in the German publication 's account was UK-EU debt. "It's either going to be me or Jeremy Corbyn". "We have seen in recent days, it will not be easy", she will say. (more...)
Trump Abruptly Ends Interview After Obama Wiretap Question
- May 02, 2017

Mr. Trump noted that he did not tell the North Korean president not to test a missile, but stated he would not be happy if there was a nuclear test done. "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, as a candidate or against his campaign", Clapper said. (more...)
Motive unclear for University of Texas stabbings
- May 02, 2017

Austin Police Department Chief Brian Manley added, "There is no evidence linking this to any part of a larger plan". University of Texas student Harrison Brown was killed in the stabbing - he'd only just graduated from high school past year. (more...)
Philippines says Trump called Duterte to affirm alliance
- May 02, 2017

Phelim Kine, HRW's deputy director for Asia, said the U.S.is obligated to urge accountability for the victims of Duterte's drug offensive. Abella said during the call the two leaders again discussed Duterte's war on drugs. Kine said separately in an emailed response to questions from The Associated Press that Trump may be undertaking action inimical to human rights by adopting an overly friendly overture to Duterte, who is facing a complaint for alleged mass murder before the International ... (more...)
Could tensions turn into war in North Korea?
- May 01, 2017

Earlier, the U.S. military moved parts of an anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea, triggering protests from villagers and by China - whose help is vital to agreeing and implementing tougher economic sanctions to try to persuade North Korea to abandon its weapons programs. (more...)
Notorious Afghan warlord calls for peace in first public speech Notorious Afghan warlord calls for peace in first public speech
- May 01, 2017

The deal has been criticised by some Afghans and human rights groups for the pardon it granted to Hekmatyar and many of his fighters. In an emailed statement the Taliban also claimed the district, while Badakhshan's deputy governor Mohammad Bidar said fighting between Afghan Security Forces and the Taliban was still intense in the area. (more...)
Syrian evacuations called off after bus bombing Syrian evacuations called off after bus bombing
- May 01, 2017

Footage from the scene showed bodies, including those of fighters, lying alongside buses, some of which were charred and others gutted from the blast. The bomb tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns, the worst in war-torn Syria in more than a year. The evacuations were taking place under a deal between Syria's regime and rebels that is also seeing residents and rebels transported out of Madaya and Zabadani, towns near Damascus which are surrounded by ... (more...)
U.S. Service Member Dies In Blast Outside Mosul U.S. Service Member Dies In Blast Outside Mosul
- May 01, 2017

A US service member died on Saturday following an explosion outside of Mosul in northern Iraq, the USA -led military coalition said. With coalition forces surrounding the city, ISIS is trapped but so are thousands of civilians. Members of the Iraqi pro-government Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces gather in a street in the modern town of Hatra, near the eponymous UNESCO-listed ancient city, southwest of the northern city of Mosul, on April 28, 2017. (more...)
BJP president Amit Shah had lunch at tribal's house in West Bengal BJP president Amit Shah had lunch at tribal's house in West Bengal
- April 30, 2017

In his first address in Kolkata after 2016 assembly election, Shah made an elaborate presentation of the economic package given to the West Bengal government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's regime. Political micromanagement to accomplish the mission took up most of Amit Shah's day after he reached Sealdah station from north Bengal today. "They are in a hurry (to capture power in Bengal).They can not handle Gujarat, but they are eyeing Bengal", the Chief Minister added. (more...)
British police shoot 1, arrest 4 others in counter-terror raids British police shoot 1, arrest 4 others in counter-terror raids
- April 30, 2017

She remains in hospital in serious but stable condition and is being monitored closely by the police. She is expected to be arrested when her condition improves. The shot woman, in her twenties, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, where she remains under police guard. Britain's national terror threat level has been at "severe", meaning an attack is highly likely, since August 2014 - and remained unchanged after the attack on parliament on March 22. (more...)
Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach celebrates annual egg hunt
- April 30, 2017

Children enjoyed everything from sack races to coloring Easter pictures while snacking on popcorn and cotton candy before searching for the prized eggs on the lawn outside of Tyler Junior College's Jenkins Hall. There was one field for children 1 to 4 years old to hunt in and another for ages 5 to 12. The other eggs will also contain other prizes like school supplies and sweets. (more...)
National Day of Prayer slated for next week National Day of Prayer slated for next week
- April 30, 2017

Wayne Langerholc, R-Richland Township, government; Maurice Williams, pastor of Mount Sinai Baptist Church, business/professional; Robert Wolf, pastor of Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren, military; and Antoinette Allen, assistant pastor of Christ Centered Community Church, education. (more...)
Lokpal law as it stands is workable legislation: SC Lokpal law as it stands is workable legislation: SC
- April 30, 2017

The selection committee of Lokpal comprises of the PM, the Chief Justice of India or an SC judge nominated by him, LoP, Lok Sabha Speaker and an eminent jurist to be selected by the first four members of the selection panel. At present, there is no Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. It has indeed left no room for ambiguity by asserting that the appointment of a Lokpal and its members without including the LoP would be perfectly valid under the existing law. (more...)
Duterte to ASEAN: Mutual respect and benefit must bind us
- April 29, 2017

Leaders of Asean's dialogue partners are expected to attend a bigger summit in November in the Philippines, which is this year's Asean chair country. The Asean leaders in attendance were Myanmar state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo, and ... (more...)
US military: Ohio soldier killed in raid in Afghanistan US military: Ohio soldier killed in raid in Afghanistan
- April 29, 2017

They were members of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, a force that specializes in raid operations. That bombing came just days after a U.S. Army special forces soldier was killed in the region. "That may have been what happened here", Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said during a briefing Friday. 'Fighting alongside their Afghan partners, Josh and Cameron proved themselves willing to go into danger and impose a brutal cost on enemies in their path, ' Mattis said. (more...)
Pentagon probes former Trump aide Flynn's foreign payments
- April 29, 2017

Detailing the money Flynn was paid, Chaffetz cited $35,000 from the Russian news agency RT and $530,000 from a Dutch company Chaffetz said is owned by "a Turkish businessman with links to the Turkish government". Trump appointed Flynn as national security adviser in January. "DIA did not locate any records referring to LTG Flynn's receipt of money from a foreign source". (more...)
South China Sea code with Beijing must be legally binding - ASEAN chief
- April 29, 2017

North Korea has vowed to respond to what it called Washington's war aggression with pre-emptive nuclear attacks. While Trump is scheduled to attend an Asean summit in Manila in November, Berger said unless the US leader moderates his approach "it's only going to push the Southeast Asian countries towards China ". (more...)
Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'
- April 29, 2017

The president was scheduled to speak later in the day at a reception on behalf of Karen Handel, the Republican candidate running to fill Georgia's Atlanta-area 6th congressional district seat formerly held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. (more...)
Le Pen's run-off campaign targets far left and right Le Pen's run-off campaign targets far left and right
- April 28, 2017

The sitting President wasn't even in the race and all the candidates of mainstream parties were routed in the first round of the French presidential election. She has benefited, too, from the Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment that is sweeping through Europe. She issued a scathing attack on her father at the time, accusing him of trying to "hijack the Front National with vulgar provocations". (more...)
Turkey bombs Kurds fighting Isis
- April 28, 2017

It described the strikes as a "counterterrorism" operation "within the scope of the worldwide law" to prevent the PKK from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition, and explosives" to Turkey. The strike was reportedly conducted against positions held by the Yazidi Protection Units (YBS), a militia supported by the PKK, which Ankara considers a terrorist group. (more...)
Body of missing Joliet toddler found in mother's home
- April 28, 2017

Her family reported her missing around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, about three hours after investigators with the state's Department of Children and Family Services saw her safe at home, officials said. The school property lies along the backyard property line of the Crosby home, he said. "We aren't sure if they're all friends or relatives". Oak Valley School, which borders the backyard of the Crosby home, will provide its school surveillance video to law enforcement. (more...)
Masahiro Imamura: Japanese Minister Quits Over Fukushima Comments Masahiro Imamura: Japanese Minister Quits Over Fukushima Comments
- April 28, 2017

During his speech, the Minister said that it was estimated that the disaster has caused losses in social infrastructure worth $226 billion. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday discussed joint economic projects on disputed islands which could pave the way for the countries to finally sign a peace treaty ending World War II. (more...)
Turkey's premier warns opposition against street protests Turkey's premier warns opposition against street protests
- April 28, 2017

The referendum took place under a state of emergency that was declared following a failed military coup last summer. But the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), along with individuals and civil society groups, have challenged the result - amid concerns over unstamped ballots in particular - and called for it to be annulled. (more...)
US Says No Agreement Reached on UN Probe US Says No Agreement Reached on UN Probe
- April 27, 2017

On Tuesday, the White House accused Russian Federation of trying to cover up Assad's responsibility in the Syrian sarin gas attacks. Donald Trump's decision to launch a tactical cruise missile strike against the airbase thought to be responsible for the chemical attack marked an abrupt change in American foreign policy, which has spent the majority of the Syrian war seeking a resolution through diplomatic means. (more...)
Boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece sinks; 16 dead Boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece sinks; 16 dead
- April 27, 2017

Frontex, the EU's border security agency, and Greek authorities have recovered eight bodies so far, including that of a child, while two women, one of them pregnant, have been rescued and transported to the island. In the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, some 1,000 refugees attended a soccer day Sunday in which they watched a live broadcast on giant screens of a match between Barcelona and Real Madrid. (more...)