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Toned-down White House press dinner carries on without Trump
Toned-down White House press dinner carries on without Trump
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  • 2017-04-30 03:41:49Z

The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years. Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents' Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders. Most of Trump's administration also skipped the event in solidarity with the president, who has repeatedly accused the press of mistreatment.

Trump invites Philippines
Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to Washington, White House says
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  • 2017-04-30 03:27:53Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a phone call on Saturday that also addressed concerns over North Korea, the White House said in a statement. The White House gave no details of when the leaders would meet in Washington

Hong Kong pulls out stops to mark 20 years of Chinese rule
Hong Kong pulls out stops to mark 20 years of Chinese rule

A multi-million dollar programme of events in Hong Kong will mark 20 years since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain, but critics say the show is out of step with political tensions. China's President Xi Jinping is expected to visit for the July 1 anniversary, with security exercises under way in preparation. An official video of Canto pop stars performing a new song "Hong Kong, our home" is frequently broadcast on television networks.

Torrential rains, damaging winds lash U.S. midsection
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  • 2017-04-30 00:43:55Z

Heavy rains and damaging winds struck a broad swath of the U.S. heartland on Saturday, causing power outages for thousands of Oklahoma residents while triggering road closures and flash flood warnings in parts of the Midwest. The downpour, which began on Friday, was so intense the ground could not absorb

Labour gains in British polls, but May
Labour gains in British polls, but May's party keeps strong lead
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  • 2017-04-30 00:15:17Z

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - Three polls on Saturday showed a rise in support for the opposition Labour party, although the governing Conservative party maintained a commanding lead. The polls showed the party of British Prime Minister Theresa May remained between 11 and 17 points ahead of

Opposition presses for fresh marches in Venezuela
Opposition presses for fresh marches in Venezuela
  • World
  • 2017-04-30 00:02:45Z

A top Venezuelan opposition figure called on Saturday for more marches aimed at taking back the courts and the National Electoral Council that he said had been "hijacked" by President Nicolas Maduro. Freddy Guevara urged people to protest on Monday -- May 1 or May Day, a traditional workers

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure
North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 23:50:24Z

By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to "catastrophic consequences". U.S. and South

The Latest: Trump says China putting pressure on North Korea
The Latest: Trump says China putting pressure on North Korea
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 23:42:22Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile (all times local):

Miley Cyrus Gets a New Tattoo of Her Dog Emu
Miley Cyrus Gets a New Tattoo of Her Dog Emu

The 24-year-old singer definitely has a soft spot for her furry friends.

British heavyweight boxing star Joshua knocks out Klitschko
British heavyweight boxing star Joshua knocks out Klitschko
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 23:23:42Z

LONDON (AP) - Anthony Joshua wasn't wrong when he raised his hands in victory after knocking Wladimir Klitschko down in the fifth round of what looked like a one-sided heavyweight title fight. He was just celebrating too early.

#ClimateMarch in DC Draws Support From Leonardo DiCaprio and More
#ClimateMarch in DC Draws Support From Leonardo DiCaprio and More

As the Climate March kicked off in the nation's capital on April 29, Hollywood luminaries Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Mark Ruffalo and numerous others showed their support for the movement.

Parents of missing UK girl still hopeful she's 'out there'
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  • 2017-04-29 23:02:29Z

LONDON (AP) - The parents of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old British girl who vanished during a family vacation to Portugal in 2007, say they are still hopeful they will one day be reunited with their daughter as they mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.

Leonardo DiCaprio used a standard, office file folder for his climate march sign, lol
Leonardo DiCaprio used a standard, office file folder for his climate march sign, lol

Look, let me start by saying Leonardo DiCaprio has done a lot to combat climate change.  He produced a climate change documentary titled Before the Flood that dropped in 2016. He has a foundation "dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants." The foundation has given $61 million to causes that align with that mission statement. He talks about climate change all the time. And, also, he was among the ~200,000 people in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to protest a White House that very much does not share his (scientifically valid) concern for the damage people are doing to the climate. SEE ALSO: Trump's big EPA website change should make you...

US citizen arrested in Guatemala in fatal hit-and-run
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  • 2017-04-29 22:39:25Z

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Guatemalan authorities say a 25-year-old U.S. citizen accused of driving into a crowd of protesting students killing one and injuring more than a dozen others is in custody.

Mali extends state of emergency in bid to quell Islamist attacks
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 22:30:12Z

Mali's National Assembly has voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid to quell an upsurge in attacks by Islamist militants based in the desert north of the West African country. On Saturday, Zoumana N'dji Doumbia, president of the National Assembly's legal commission,

Bella Hadid Addresses Fyre Festival Debacle After Organizers Apologize: I
Bella Hadid Addresses Fyre Festival Debacle After Organizers Apologize: I 'Trusted This Would Be an Amazing' Experience

The 19-year-old model said she was unaware of 'the disaster that was to come.'

Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee's show briefly upstages correspondents' dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington's once-glitzy "nerd prom" was briefly upstaged Saturday as comedians and Hollywood stars gathered for jokes and jests about President Donald Trump for a tongue-in-cheek event to counter the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes
N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 21:02:05Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

Pope urges mediation to end North Korea crisis, avert devastating war
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 20:49:43Z

By Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday a third country, such as Norway, should try to mediate the dispute between North Korea and Washington, to cool a situation that had become "too hot" and posed the risk of nuclear devastation. Francis said

Pope repeats refugee
Pope repeats refugee 'concentration camps' remarks
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 20:39:43Z

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis repeated on Saturday that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to "concentration camps," even after Jewish groups urged him to stop using the loaded term.

Pope warns of broad destruction if Korean tensions escalate
Pope warns of broad destruction if Korean tensions escalate
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 20:35:31Z

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis is warning that "a good part of humanity" will be destroyed if tensions with North Korea escalate, and he is calling for diplomacy and a revived United Nations to take the lead in negotiating a resolution.

Turkey fires 3,900 in second post-referendum purge
Turkey fires 3,900 in second post-referendum purge
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 20:34:55Z

By Humeyra Pamuk and Ercan Gurses ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Saturday expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security, in the second major purge since President Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers. Erdogan won those concessions

Tensions rise between Turkey, US along Syrian border
Tensions rise between Turkey, US along Syrian border
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 20:26:57Z

ISTANBUL (AP) - Tensions rose Saturday along the Turkish-Syrian border as both Turkey and the U.S. moved armored vehicles to the region and Turkey's leader once again demanded that the United States stop supporting the Syrian Kurdish militants there.

U.S. service member killed in blast near Mosul, Iraq
  • US
  • 2017-04-29 19:08:02Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died of wounds caused by an explosive device outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, the U.S.-led military coalition said. A statement from Operation Inherent Resolve gave no other details. U.S.-backed forces have been fighting to retake the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul. News of the U.S. casualty came as U.S. President Donald Trump marked his first 100 days in office. During last year's presidential election campaign, Trump vowed to give priority to destroying Islamic State, which operates mostly in Syria and Iraq. ...

Cop Allegedly Fakes Suicide and Flees To Mexico
Cop Allegedly Fakes Suicide and Flees To Mexico

Cops are still searching for him.

Hungary
Hungary's Orban accepts EU demands, EU party says
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 17:57:58Z

By Alastair Macdonald and Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told leaders of his center-right EU political group on Saturday that he would comply with demands from Brussels to change measures branded an attack on academic freedom, the party said. Orban himself

Turkish court formally blocks access to Wikipedia
Turkish court formally blocks access to Wikipedia

ISTANBUL (AP) - In a move that social media users called censorship, a Turkish court on Saturday blocked access to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, enforcing an earlier restriction by Turkey's telecommunications watchdog.

US Marines return to Afghanistan
US Marines return to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand

US Marines returned to Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban. The deployment of some 300 Marines to the poppy-growing southern province came one day after the militants announced the launch of their "spring offensive", and as the Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan.

Here
Here's What Happens When a Drone Falls On Your Head

One of the first tests by the FAA and its university research teams involved dropping a drone on the head of a crash test dummy. Both steel debris and the wood block caused significantly more damage to the dummy than the drone, which absorb much of the impact because it's made of more flexible materials.

Hungary
Hungary's Orban accepts EU rights demands: party

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told concerned allies in the EU's powerful centre-right political group that he will quickly meet EU rights demands over a controversial education law, the group said Saturday. Orban was summoned to a meeting with top officials from the European People's Party (EPP) over the law that could force the closure of a Budapest university founded by US billionaire George Soros. The European Commission on Wednesday launched legal action against Hungary over the issue, giving the government one month to comply or face being taken to court.

Body Believed to Be Teen Hiker Found, Grandmother Still Missing
Body Believed to Be Teen Hiker Found, Grandmother Still Missing

He was found Friday, according to reports.

Philippine police chief backs
Philippine police chief backs 'secret cell' detention

The Philippines' police chief came under fire Saturday for defending the detention of a dozen people inside a closet-sized secret cell in a case that raised further alarm about abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over
Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over 'terror' claims

Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia reportedly for articles claiming links between Ankara and terror groups, the latest restriction on a popular website to hit Turkish users. Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against Wikipedia.org, without making clear the reason for the move. Turkish state media said the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups.

Russia says U.S. missiles in Poland, Romania would violate treaty

A U.S. deployment of ballistic missile defense systems in Romania and plans to place more defense systems in Poland violate an existing arms treaty, Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania nearly a year ago and was planning to create another site in Poland, seeing it as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states. The foreign ministry said on Saturday the plans violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty (INFT), signed by Washington and the Soviet Union in late 1980s in an attempt to eliminate nuclear and conventional short-and intermediate range missiles.

Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia
Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia

By Can Sezer and David Dolan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security. The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey's Western allies, who say Ankara has sharply curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year's failed coup. "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia. ...

Judge orders Arkansas to conduct autopsy on executed inmate
Judge orders Arkansas to conduct autopsy on executed inmate

A federal judge has ordered the Arkansas authorities to conduct an autopsy on the body of an executed inmate whose lawyer described his death as "horrifying," including jerking and convulsions during his lethal injection. Judge Kristine Baker of the US Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued the order late Friday, less than 24 hours after the state executed the 38-year-old convicted multiple murderer Kenneth Williams. Arkansas officials had said the compressed timeline was necessary because the state's stock of a sedative used in the lethal injection, midazolam, was set to expire at the end of April.

Pope tells Egypt mass that dialogue can battle extremism
Pope tells Egypt mass that dialogue can battle extremism
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  • 2017-04-29 14:41:17Z

Pope Francis appealed for dialogue to battle extremism as he addressed thousands of faithful on Saturday during a visit to Egypt to promote reconciliation with Muslims and support its embattled Christians. "The only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity," the pope said at a mass

Ciara Welcomes A Baby Girl - & Her Name Has A Double Meaning
Ciara Welcomes A Baby Girl - & Her Name Has A Double Meaning

Ciara gave birth to a little Princess yesterday. Sienna is a type of brownish pigment used in painting. Ciara announced the birth on Friday night by sharing a post on her Instagram of a picture herself taken by her husband.

Hungary still defiant on US university after Brussels summit
Hungary still defiant on US university after Brussels summit
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 14:35:35Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - The Hungarian government remained defiant Saturday over the possible closure of Budapest-based Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros.

Merkel says she has
Merkel says she has 'good relationship' with Trump despite frosty start
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 14:34:02Z

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that she and President Donald Trump have built a "good working relationship" even though the two had frosty exchanges last year that raised fears of damage to the pivotal U.S.-German partnership. "

All the best signs from Climate Marches around the world
All the best signs from Climate Marches around the world

In Trump's America, marching has become a weekly activity.  One week after the massive March for Science, people across the country and around the world, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Branson, took to the streets on Saturday for the People's Climate March. At least 200,000 people marched in D.C., the march's organizers said Saturday afternoon.  Time-lapse, bird's-eye video shows thousands of protesters marching toward White House for action on climate change https://t.co/yoYEIbNWAO pic.twitter.com/jNpi7WceZi - CNN (@CNN) April 29, 2017 An event that predates the Trump administration, the Climate March this year is getting a little more attention considering...

Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform period
Knights of Malta elect temporary leader for reform period
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 14:21:34Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The ancient Knights of Malta religious order on Saturday elected a temporary leader during a period of reform after the last grand master was effectively ousted by Pope Francis.

Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit
Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 14:17:41Z

By Andrew Osborn and Svetlana Reiter MOSCOW (Reuters) - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian

Pope, at Cairo Mass, urges unity against fanaticism
Pope, at Cairo Mass, urges unity against fanaticism
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 14:10:25Z

By Philip Pullella and Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) - Pope Francis warned against religious fanaticism on Saturday, wrapping up a brief trip to Cairo where he urged Muslim leaders to unite against violence by Islamic militants threatening to rid the Middle East of its ancient Christian communities

French presidential hopeful Le Pen names nationalist as prime minister
French presidential hopeful Le Pen names nationalist as prime minister
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 13:56:02Z

By Matthias Blamont and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday chose defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister, a bid to attract his voters and help her to victory over centrist favorite Emmanuel Macron. Dupont-Aignan

Busy Philipps Says She Made More Money Doing Instagram Ads Than Acting Last Year
Busy Philipps Says She Made More Money Doing Instagram Ads Than Acting Last Year

Busy Philipps Made More Money from Instagram than Acting

Dozens detained as Russian protesters say
Dozens detained as Russian protesters say 'sick of Putin'

Hundreds of Russian opposition supporters turned out Saturday to protest against President Vladimir Putin's expected candidacy in elections set for 2018, with police detaining dozens of activists in the second-largest city of Saint Petersburg. Protests in several cities were called by the Open Russia movement founded by arch-Putin foe and former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky. About 30 to 50 protesters were hauled away by riot police in a crackdown in Saint Petersburg after around 200 people gathered for an unauthorised demonstration, an AFP journalist witnessed.

Brazil
Brazil's indigenous tribes protest against land theft

Brasília (AFP) - Fed up with endless encroachment on their ancestral lands, leaders of Brazil's many indigenous tribes went to the capital Brasilia to speak out this week. "They're prejudiced," said Alvaro Tucano, one of the tribal members taking part in a week-long camp outside the government complex.

Turkish military says kills 14 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq
  • World
  • 2017-04-29 12:02:14Z

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military said it killed 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq on Saturday, as Ankara steps up a push against the group and their affiliates in Iraq and Syria. Turkey has intensified attacks on the PKK in northern Iraq

Here's What Trump Has Done In 100 Days
Here's What Trump Has Done In 100 Days

Many will point critically to the dearth of bills coming across Trump's desk, but focusing solely on legislation overlooks a thriving aspect of the new presidency.

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